Our Healthcare Hot Topics of the Week

Life is hectic, we know, so here’s a recap of the Healthcare Weekly Hot Topics you can’t afford to miss:

1) 7 tips for EMR success from Stage 7 hospitals. Healthcare IT News, March 9, 2015.

There are many challenges in achieving success in a paperless environment, but focusing on productivity and training can lead to accomplishing EMR goals.

2) Survival rates for risky surgeries in U.S. vary widely: study.
Reuters, March 12, 2015.

Survival rates for four high-risk surgeries vary as much as 23% depending on the hospital.

3) Specialty Drugs Drive Prescription Spending Jump. AP, March 10, 2015.

The 13% jump in prescription drug spending was fueled in part by expensive specialty drugs.

4) CMS hints Stage 3 rules will drop in time for HIMSS15. Healthcare IT News, March 11, 2015.

CMS is slated to discuss Stage 3 meaningful use requirements next month.

5) FDA proposal to allow drug reps to circulate data draws protests. Reuters, March 11, 2015.

Protesters are urging U.S. health regulators to withdraw a proposal that would allow pharmaceutical companies to distribute medical literature suggesting lower drug risks.

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