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Interoperability of health care information technology must be improved to facilitate creation of a fully integrated health care system that can improve health and health care at lower cost

Procurement Requirements Drive Interoperability in Health Care IT

Steps outlined for health systems to establish comprehensive, ongoing procurement strategies
A $69 billion merger between health insurer Aetna and pharmacy manager CVS Health has been approved

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved

Under the approval, Aetna must sell off its private Medicare drug plans
Just over three-quarters of health care personnel received a flu vaccine last season

Three-Quarters of Health Care Workers Got Flu Shot Last Year

Lowest rates seen among health workers in long-term care settings
The number of health data breaches has steadily increased since 2010

Number of Health-Related Data Breaches Increasing

Health plans had most records breached from 2010 to 2017, but providers breached most often
A pharmaceutical executive is defending his company's 400 percent price hike on an antibiotic

Pharmaceutical Executive Defends 400 Percent Price Hike

Price for nitrofurantoin increased from $474.75 to $2,392 in August; exec cites 'moral imperative'
Medical practices can take steps to avoid problems related to use of social media by staff members

Practices Should Set Rules for Staff Social Media Use

Staff social media accounts should be strictly personal, with no info about patients or employees
Having a Master of Business Administration degree can help doctors with important

Business Degree Increasingly Useful for Doctors

With increased focus on value, business analysis skills sought after
Physician-group accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program generated significantly more savings for Medicare that grew from 2012 to 2015 compared with hospital-integrated ACOs

Physician-Group ACOs Generate Medicare Savings

Savings grow with longer participation and are significantly higher than hospital-integrated ACOs
A six-step analysis can help redesign and improve the outpatient health care process

Six-Step Analysis Can Help Improve Practice Logistics

Method showed unfavorable traits related to match between supply, demand, access at outpatient clinic
Integration of pharmacists into team-based care practice models can improve patient outcome

Adding Pharmacist to Team Can Improve Patient Outcomes

Pharmacist roles include helping with insulin treatment, virtual consults, diabetes management