Weekly Roundup – November 19, 2022
Welcome to our Healthcare IT Today Weekly Roundup. Each week, we’ll be providing a look back at the articles we posted and why they’re important to the healthcare IT community. We hope this gives you a chance to catch up on anything you may have missed during the week. eClinicalWorks, the Cloud, and Medical Practice Expansion. John Lynn recently wrote about how eClinicalWorks has invested heavily in Microsoft Cloud Services. It’s a good strategic move for the EHR vendor, but it also benefits eCW customers, as John found out when he spoke to Bryant Stetz at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute and learned that hosted EHR...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 19, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Brian Eastwood Tags: Healthcare IT Healthcare IT Today Weekly Roundup Source Type: blogs

Top 3 Digital Innovations that Transformed Healthcare
The following is a guest article by Chad Anguilm, Vice President of Growth at Medical Advantage Patient engagement is the next frontier in healthcare and single-platform patient portals created the digital foundation for this ongoing transformation. In today’s technology-driven world, patients now expect a seamless healthcare experience, which translates to a digital “one-stop shop” for managing their personal health information.  Many patients already use patient portals for tasks such as scheduling appointments and requesting prescription refills. However, today patients are increasingly utilizing existing technol...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 17, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Author Tags: Communication and Patient Experience EMR-EHR Healthcare IT Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring Chad Anguilm CMS Digital Innovation Digital Transformation Healthcare Digital Transformation Medical Advantage patient data patient engagem Source Type: blogs

Balancing Budget and Need for Updates: The Struggles of Keeping Physician Practices Alive
The world of healthcare embracing the digital world has been a very well celebrated move. This move has helped so many people in so many ways. It allowed people to stay at home and be safe during the pandemic. It allows people in rural areas to connect to specialists far away without all of the travel. And it has been a huge benefit to everyone with mobility issues. Knowing that they can get immediate access to their doctors without the physical toll it would usually take. But if everything is moving towards digital, where does that leave physician practices? How are they meant to survive if everyone is rushing towards vir...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 21, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Ambulatory C-Suite Leadership Communication and Patient Experience Health IT Company Healthcare IT Amit Jayakar athenahealth Budgets CareCloud Catalyst Health Group Chad Anguilm Chris Baird Chris Larkin Colin Banas Concord Tech Source Type: blogs

Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest by Physicians Creating the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines: Bad Faith or Incompetence?
We described above how changes in opioid policy aimed at reducing Washington State’s Medicaid and Workers Compensation costs contributed to an increase in methadone deaths between 2003 and late 2014 (23-25). Focusing on similar cost reductions, the Centers for Medicar e and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rules for 2019 including several directives intended to reduce " Opioid Overutilization, ” including adoption of the “90 morphine milligram equivalent (MME) threshold cited by the 2016 CDC Opioid Guideline (147, 148). Simply put, reduced prescribing reduces costs for prescribed medications.Chou received research fu...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - September 12, 2022 Category: Palliative Care Tags: health policy judy kollas opioids research schechtman Source Type: blogs

Spherical Nucleic Acid Vaccine Uses Structural Design to Improve Efficacy
A team at Northwestern University created a new type of nanoparticle-based vaccine that employs structure-function relationships during the design phase to maximize efficacy. Called a spherical nucleic acid (SNA) vaccine, the technology consists of globular DNA nanoparticles that contain a DNA sequence that can stimulate the immune system (ie. an adjuvant) and an inner portion containing an antigen, which in this case was the spike protein of the SARS‑CoV‑2 virus. Packaging the antigen and adjuvant together in this specific way resulted in impressive efficacy in a rodent model of severe COVID-19, with 100% of vaccinate...
Source: Medgadget - April 4, 2022 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Medicine Nanomedicine Public Health Source Type: blogs

Meet the Editors: Teresa M. Chan, MD, MHPE
What are your roles and responsibilities with Academic Medicine?I am an associate editor for the journal. This means that I review submissions and triage them for review or not (e.g., desk rejections). When submissions are reviewed, I review them again and make a decision on whether to further ask the authors for a revision (or not). Finally, when revised submissions come in, I handle the manuscript again. At this phase, we may still reject the submission (if some red flag issues come to light) or I continue to provide feedback to the authors in concert with our editorial staff to ensure that the very best version of the...
Source: Academic Medicine Blog - December 14, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: amrounds Tags: Meet the Editors continuing professional development medical education peer review scholarly publishing Source Type: blogs

On China ’s Trade Practices, the United States Is Ramping Up Efforts with Allies
Inu ManakThis week, trade ministers from around the world were supposed to meet in Geneva to discuss a number of pressing trade issues, including new disciplines to rein in government subsidies in thefishing andagricultural sectors, and to develop a path forward to liberalize trade in areas such asenvironmental goods ande ‑commerce. These meetings are now postponed due to the emergence of the Omicron variant. These face to face meetings are not only important for addressing multilateral issues at the World Trade Organization, but also provide an opportunity for countries to discuss other trade challenges. While...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 1, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Inu Manak Source Type: blogs

Keys to a Thriving and Attractive Medical Practice – Healthcare IT Today Podcast Episode 73
For the 73rd episode of the Healthcare IT Podcast, we’re sharing the keys to a thriving and attractive medical  practice.  Plus, we have a special guest host, Chad Anguilm, Vice President of Practice Solutions at Medical Advantage.  It was awesome to have Chad Anguilm as guest host since he can share the real life experiences […] (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - October 18, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn John Lynn and Chad Anguilm Tags: Administration Ambulatory Communication and Patient Experience Health IT Company Healthcare IT Healthcare IT Today Podcasts Chad Anguilm COVID-19 Health IT Podcasts Healthcare Marketing Healthcare Podcasts Medical Advantage Medical Source Type: blogs

House 2022 National Defense Authorization Act Amendments on Arms Sales and Security Assistance
Jordan CohenThe House is set to vote on theNational Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2022. Prior to the structured Rule for the act, there were a total of fifty amendments that, if passed, would directly impact weapons sales legislation. Overall, these bills are divided into five broad themes: congressional power, increased monitoring and reporting surrounding human rights violators, weapons sales to the Middle East, weapons sales to counter Russia, and weapons sales to counter China.Readers should examine the2020 Arms Sales Risk Index for our latest data on risks associated with the weapons sales proc...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jordan Cohen Source Type: blogs

Roger Chou s Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest: How the CDCs 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain Lost Its Clinical and Professional Integrity
by Chad D. Kollas MD, Terri A. Lewis PhD, Beverly Schechtman and Carrie JudyI ' m present. Uh I do have a conflict. I receive funding to conduct reviews on opioids, and I ' ll be recusing myself after the um, director ' s, uh, um, um, uh update.- Dr. Roger Chou, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) Meeting Friday, July 16, 2021.IntroductionFor those familiar with the controversial relationship between the anti-opioid advocacy group, Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP, recently renamed, Health Pro...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - September 17, 2021 Category: Palliative Care Tags: CDC judy kollas lewis opioid pain schechtman Source Type: blogs

Roger Chou ’s Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest: How the CDC’s 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain Lost Its Clinical and Professional Integrity
by Chad D. Kollas MD, Terri A. Lewis PhD, Beverly Schechtman and Carrie Judy“I ' m present. Uh … I do have a conflict. I receive funding to conduct reviews on opioids, and I ' ll be recusing myself after the um, director ' s, uh, um, um, uh … update.”- Dr. Roger Chou, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) Meeting Friday, July 16, 2021.IntroductionFor those familiar with the controversial relationship between the anti-opioid advocacy group, Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP, recently renamed, He...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - September 17, 2021 Category: Palliative Care Tags: CDC judy kollas lewis opioid pain schechtman Source Type: blogs

Guinea ’s Coup Is The Latest Example Of Risks From U.S. Military Aid
A. Trevor Thrall andJordan CohenOn September 5, 2021, an American ‐​trained military officer inGuinea ’s armed forces led a coup d ’état to oust President Alpha Condé. Though far from the only coup initiated by forces with American training, this coup marks the first time that someone has led a coupwhile taking that training. American officials have tried to distance the United States from the coup by saying that it is “inconsistent with U.S. military training and education” andsuspending military support to Guinea. Weak excuses like this, however, cannot obscure the truth: U.S. military assistance ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 14, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: A. Trevor Thrall, Jordan Cohen Source Type: blogs

The Effects of E-Cigarette Taxes on E-Cigarette Prices and Tobacco Product Sales: Evidence from Retail Panel Data
Chad D. Cotti (University of Wisconsin), Charles Courtemanche (University of Kentucky), Catherine Maclean (Temple University), Erik Nesson (Ball State University), Michael Pesko (Georgia State University), Nathan Tefft (Bates College), The Effects of E-Cigarette Taxes on E-Cigarette Prices and Tobacco Product... (Source: HealthLawProf Blog)
Source: HealthLawProf Blog - July 29, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: Katharine Van Tassel Source Type: blogs

PROP ’s Disproportionate Influence on U.S. Opioid Policy: The Harms of Intended Consequences
ConclusionDespite being turned back from an effort to bluntly reduce opioid prescribing by the FDA in 2013 based on a lack of scientific evidence for its position (17,18), PROP has had a disproportionate effect on opioid policy in the Untied States for almost a decade. PROP found a willing federal regulatory partner in the CDC, and while PROP may not have “secretly written” the 2016 CDC Pain Guidelines (75), they certainly enjoyed disproportionate representation on CDC’s review panels and Core Expert Group (23-25) in a process that lacked transparency (22, 23, 26, 27). When the CDC admitted that its Pain Guideline ha...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - May 3, 2021 Category: Palliative Care Tags: CDC health policy kollas opioids pain prop Source Type: blogs

PROP s Disproportionate Influence on U.S. Opioid Policy: The Harms of Intended Consequences
ConclusionDespite being turned back from an effort to bluntly reduce opioid prescribing by the FDA in 2013 based on a lack of scientific evidence for its position (17,18), PROP has had a disproportionate effect on opioid policy in the Untied States for almost a decade. PROP found a willing federal regulatory partner in the CDC, and while PROP may not have secretly written the 2016 CDC Pain Guidelines (75), they certainly enjoyed disproportionate representation on CDCs review panels and Core Expert Group (23-25) in a process that lacked transparency (22, 23, 26, 27). When the CDC admitted that its Pain Guideline had been...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - May 3, 2021 Category: Palliative Care Tags: CDC health policy kollas opioids pain prop Source Type: blogs