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Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Moving Forward With Nine States; More to Join

In an effort to reduce physician shortages, especially in rural areas, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact will speed up and streamline the licensing process for physicians to practice in multiple states. Nine states have officially joined, with the required seventh state triggering the Interstate Compact Commission to begin discussing the administration of the Compact at a later point this year. Experts predict many more states in the U.S. will consider the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, if they are not already doing so. Legislation has been proposed in 10 other states, with Illinois likely to enact the bill next.

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Hospitals to Test Impact of Apple Watch for PatientsSpecialty Spotlight

Doctors at Ochsner Health System, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and King’s College Hospital in London are studying the impacts of pairing patients with Apple Watches. This could improve engagement between physicians and patients by having hard data outlining patients’ behaviors and vitals during a given time period. This tool not only allows doctors to track behavior and vitals in patients, but also gives patients immediate access to support and encourages them to track their own habits.

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Will you be ready for ICD-10 by the October 1 deadline?

According to a recent NUeMD survey, 61 percent of survey respondents only felt slightly confident or not at all confident their business would be prepared for the ICD-10 transition by October 1. The October deadline is right around the corner and many physicians, especially smaller practices, are starting to worry. Are you prepared?

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CMS Releases Medicare Finale Rule

The final rule is structured to encourage more quality care for Medicare patients and to improve the pioneer accountable care (ACO) model, according to a June 4 press release by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Some of the major updates in the final rule include resetting the ACO benchmarks, refining the data sharing between CMS and ACOs and creating a new Track 3.

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