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Sonora Quest Laboratories Launches Hereditary Cancer Gene Testing

Sonora Quest Laboratories, Arizona’s leading provider of diagnostic testing and information services, has announced the availability of three new lab tests designed to help identify an individual's risk of developing hereditary forms of cancer. These tests can enable patients to understand their risk and take appropriate changes in lifestyle, through the guidance of their healthcare provider, to reduce their risk.

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How a Health Plan Improved Medication Adherence Among Medicare Advantage Members (Attached)

Poor medication adherence is responsible for the deaths of over 125,000 Americans each year and costs the healthcare system nearly $300 billion a year in additional doctor visits, emergency room visits and hospitalizations.1 As a result, medication adherence has been an important and universally challenging performance metric in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Five Star Quality Rating program.

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Salesforce Named #1 CRM Provider for Fifth Consecutive Year

Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, announced that for the fifth consecutive year it has been named the #1 CRM provider by International Data Corporation (IDC) in its latest Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker.

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Google Talks About Deep Learning for Electronic Health Records

 

Google researchers have applied machine learning to electronic health records, and have shown the ability to make better predictions about future outcomes. Interestingly, the models can also highlight the salient parts of each input history that most influenced the prediction.

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The New Health Economy in the Age of Disruption

While the US health industry has experienced active deal-making in recent years, deals announced in the past six months have been unusual. New business models are emerging in an industry that has long resisted significant change, signaling the possibility that profound disruption may occur.

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Noridian Awarded $227M by CMS for UPIC SMRC Contract

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC has been awarded a $227 million Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC) contract by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), concluding a competitive procurement as a part of the UPIC IDIQ.

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LexisNexis Taps Social Determinants to Help Hospitals Predict Readmissions

LexisNexis' Readmission Risk Score is part of a broader suite of socioeconomic-related tools that leverage SDOH to improve overall health outcomes. Research conducted by the company suggest that the score is as good or better at predicting risk than other readmission scoring models that use only clinical data.

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ConnectiveRx Shows Detailed Analysis of High Copay Impact on Adherence

Patient out of pocket drug cost is a primary component of the medication adherence equation. Consider the findings of Dr. William Shrank and colleagues from Harvard and CVS Caremark, who conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the phenomenon of prescriptions abandoned at the pharmacy.

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AHIMA Fuels Clinical Documentation Improvement With New Toolkits

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) helps healthcare organizations capture meaningful data for improved quality reporting and clinician productivity. In an effort to ensure that the entire patient record is documented properly, AHIMA released two new CDI toolkits earlier this month to ensure data exchange is accurate and complete.

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Nebraska Becomes First State to Require all Drugs be Reported to Prescription Monitoring Program

Nebraska is the first state to require reporting of all dispensed prescription drugs to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Nebraska Health Information Initiative CEO Deb Bass said the move could save lives – not only for those taking opioids, but potentially for anyone prescribed drugs.

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