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“Q” is for Quality Patient Care

“Q” is for quality patient care. At a photo shoot with NCQA Executive Director Michael Barr, MD, for this issue’s Healthcare IT feature, I zoomed in on a gift he’d received, a brightly lit letter “Q.” The “Q” recognizes Dr. Barr’s national leadership in promoting the foundations of quality patient care and making it part […]

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Today’s Skilled Nursing Facility: Not Your Parents’ Nursing Home

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Joe DeMattos, Jr., MA, head of HFAM, discusses how long-term care facilities have changed and how they can keep patients healthier while reducing healthcare system costs.

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The Medical Home Gets a Neighborhood

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The Patient-Centered Medical Home concept has become part of a neighborhood that includes specialists and urgent care centers. Learn about the Patient-Centered Specialty Practice and Patient-Centered Connected Care recognition programs, as well as changes to PCMH.

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Developing Physician Leaders for Tomorrow

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As healthcare delivery models become more complex, and reimbursement transitions from fee-for-service to population health-based approaches, strong physician leadership is more essential than ever.

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Collagenase Injection: An Alternative to Surgery for Dupuytren’s Contracture

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JESSICA BROWN, MD Case A 49-year-old woman with blue eyes and fair skin presented with severe Dupuytren’s contracture of her little finger. She first noted thickening of her palmar fascia and a nodule in her 30s. She had a positive family history of Dupuytren’s that included her father, brother and several cousins. At the time...

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Moving Toward Interoperability

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Healthcare is perennially behind other industries in information technology. With the early stages of electronic data behind us, our experts discuss the challenges of connecting disparate systems and how a new vendor alliance may be part of the solution.

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Evolution in Orthopaedic Treatment

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Orthopaedic experts explain the advantages of zero profile devices for cervical fusion, discuss new challenges and therapies in pediatric bone health and describe how to get the most from physical therapy referrals.

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The State of Transplants

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Medical experts from the Chesapeake region discuss how pre-clinical trials are benefiting a wide range of transplants, and what’s new and exciting in liver transplantation.

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Sarbanes Statement on the 21st Century Cures Act Passing the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement on May 21, 2015, after H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, passed the full Energy and Commerce Committee with bipartisan support. The bill will increase biomedical research and accelerate the approval process for new medical devices and prescription drugs, giving patients more access to life-saving treatments. […]

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Celebrating Collaboration

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman The May/June issue is my personal favorite of each respective year. Not only because it celebrates the anniversary of the launch of what has […]

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