Rachael Zimlich, RN
Ms Zimlich is a freelance writer in Cleveland, Ohio. She writes regularly for Contemporary Pediatrics, Managed Healthcare Executive, and Medical Economics.
Clinical trial tests tool that sees tumor cells
Brain tumors are one of the most common pediatric cancers alongside leukemia and neuroblastoma. Now a new clinical trial aims to help surgeons better identify and remove tumor cells from healthy brain tissue for safer curative outcomes in children.
Impact of new tool on dosing pediatric meds
Something as basic as obtaining an accurate weight on a young patient can be a monumental task in disadvantaged areas, or in emergency situations. Yet accurate weights are critical in terms of medication dosing, fluid volumes, device sizing, and many other treatments and applications.
Kids losing ASD diagnosis still need ongoing care
Children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during their toddler years may be able lose the designation as they grow up but will continue to have certain ongoing behavioral and special education needs, according to a new study.
How to tap the $250 billion federal waiver market
Waivers offer states an opportunity to expand programs beyond traditional services, giving them greater flexibility and innovation in care delivery and payment models.
CMS releases Stage 3 Meaningful Use rules
Fewer than half of physicians have met Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements and, despite a promise to add flexibility to reporting requirements in 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposed rule for Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program that some stakeholders say is anything but flexible.
SGR update: ‘Best chance in years’ to reform the flawed payment system
As the annual Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) deadline approaches March 31, legislators are once again scrambling to avoid a cut in physician payments, which this year would be about 21%. Physicians have long lobbied for a permanent fix to the problem, and lawmakers came close last year but couldn’t agree on how to fund it.
EHR vendors are holding patient data 'hostage,' tech expert says
A fellow at the Brookings Institution Center for Technology Innovation writes that the market should drive down interoperability costs.
EHR non-adoption rate stands at 9%, study finds
Electronic health records (EHR) use has steadily increased among office-based physicians since the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, but new studies indicate that the number of physicians who don’t or plan to participate is substantial.
Senate to review HIPAA security of medical records in light of Anthem breach
A monumental data breach at one of the nation’s largest insurance providers has spurred a bipartisan effort to reexamine the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Study supports APRN independence, cites improved outcomes
Patients fare better when nurse practitioners are able to exercise the full extent of their skills, according to a new report.

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