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How is the ICD-10 implementation going so far?
The deadline for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 was October 1. So far, most physicians and practices seem to be adapting well, though there are some instances where things are not going as smoothly as hoped.
Is ICD-10 going smoothly for you and/or your facility?
Family Practice Articles of Interest
Text Message Reminders Encourage Medication Adherence
Source: Physician’s Briefing
Researchers from Michigan State University directed a review of 13 studies that implemented a text message program and measured medication adherence to a prescribed medication. The results of this study found that medication adherence rates improved between 15.3 percent and 17.8 percent when a text message reminder was implemented. The results still need further testing, but the review sets a basis for the future use of text messages to improve medication adherence across multiple healthcare fields.
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Patient Safety at Risk Due to Healthcare Workers Treating Patients While Sick
Source: Health Leaders Media
Physicians and advanced practice providers tend to work even while contagious, according to a recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics. If there isn't coverage available, the provider will likely stay at work and treat patients. The study found that while 95.3 percent of survey respondents believe working while sick is risky, 85.1 percent admitted to doing it last year. The results of this study present an alarming statistic which highlights the deep-rooted cultural norm to come to work unless physically unable in the healthcare industry. Although it may be hard for some clinicians to stay home while sick, nationwide parameters and initiatives need to be put in place to ensure the good health of clinicians before seeing patients.
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