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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Open Enrollment, One More Time

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Open Enrollment, One More Time

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February 18, 2021 We encourage organizations to republish our content, free of charge. Here’s what we ask: You must credit us as the original publisher, with a hyperlink to our khn.org site. If possible, please include the original author(s) and “Kaiser Health News” in the byline. Please preserve the hyperlinks in the story. It’s important…
Look Up Your Hospital: Is It Being Penalized By Medicare?

Look Up Your Hospital: Is It Being Penalized By Medicare?

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Under programs set up by the Affordable Care Act, the federal government cuts payments to hospitals that have high rates of readmissions and those with the highest numbers of infections and patient injuries. For the readmission penalties, Medicare cuts as much as 3 percent for each patient, although the average is generally much lower. The…
Experts underestimated EHRs’ impact on burnout after HITECH Act

Experts underestimated EHRs’ impact on burnout after HITECH Act

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A study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that policy experts underestimated the impact of widespread electronic health record use on clinician burnout at the time of the HITECH Act's passage in 2009.   The retrospective look examined the discussions at the AMIA's 2009 Annual Health Policy Meeting,…
Using natural language processing to unlock SDOH in unstructured EHR data

Using natural language processing to unlock SDOH in unstructured EHR data

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Medical care is estimated to account for only 10-20% of healthcare outcomes. As a result, healthcare executives who wish to deliver high-quality care have to consider other elements that impact patient health, including income, access to healthcare, racial discrimination, adequate medication and dietary intake. These are social determinants of health. They offer a wealth of information…
AMA statement reckons with medicine’s history of racism

AMA statement reckons with medicine’s history of racism

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The American Medical Association this week released a statement from CEO Dr. James L. Madara acknowledging the organization's history of racism, especially against Black physicians.   "Honest self-examination is a critically important step to better understanding ourselves, to heal old wounds, and to take corrective actions to address ongoing societal harms," said Madara, who also…
How North Dakota’s immunization database is supporting its COVID-19 vaccine rollout

How North Dakota’s immunization database is supporting its COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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With a small population distributed over a large geographical area, North Dakota doesn't lend itself to the easiest vaccine rollout. But the state has a secret weapon: a robust database called the North Dakota Immunization Information System (NDIIS).  NDIIS manager Mary Woinarowicz joins host Jonah Comstock to talk about the early days of the COVID…
Telehealth used less in disadvantaged areas, Health Affairs study finds

Telehealth used less in disadvantaged areas, Health Affairs study finds

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A Health Affairs study found that telemedicine use during the COVID-19 pandemic was lower in communities with higher rates of poverty – suggesting that the industry must address the digital divide in order to ensure widespread access to virtual care. The study, which was conducted by researchers from Harvard and the RAND Corporation, examined the…
Statement on Change to Definition of ‘Agricultural Products’ in Reporting Trade Data

Statement on Change to Definition of ‘Agricultural Products’ in Reporting Trade Data

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Skip to main content WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2021 — USDA and the Department of Commerce decided in December 2020 to change the way they define “agricultural products” when reporting international trade data. Beginning with the release of the January 2021 monthly trade data on March 5, USDA will adopt the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) internationally…
The WandaVision Soundtrack Travels Through Time With The Show

The WandaVision Soundtrack Travels Through Time With The Show

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WandaVision comes with the full package: Marvel mystery, spot-on sitcom weirdness, and an always era-appropriate soundtrack. With catchy original themes, a perfect fit of a score, and genius needle drops, the show's music works, basically, to perfection. We'll be tracking all the songs from episode to episode right here. Music might not be the first…
WandaVision Is Making A New Superhero Out of Monica Rambeau

WandaVision Is Making A New Superhero Out of Monica Rambeau

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The following story contains spoilers for WandaVision episode 7. After teasing for much of the season, Episode 7 of WandaVision finally saw the first glimpse of Monica Rambeau gaining powers. She first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1982, and has had numerous superhero identities, including one containing her mother's MCU nickname: Photon.We've only seen a…