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Health Care Week In Review: ACO IT Challenges, Drug Overdose Organ Donors, Post-op Medicare Payments, Federal Funds for Zika Testing

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Here's The Latest in Health Care:


• Both commercial ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations) and non-commercial ACOs are lagging in critical IT infrastructure that will help improve the cost and quality of care. Commercial ACOs still outperform their non-commercial counterparts in both cost and quality of care but significant technological improvements need to be considered, more specifically in interoperable capabilities. Read More

• Donor organs from drug overdoses are considered high-risk but due to the recent surge in deaths from drug overdoses, these organs have become a life line for transplant patients. The risk of transplanting an infected organ is small and diseases like hepatitis C can be treated or cured, and in severe cases such as HIV, can be managed. The chance at prolonging life with an infected organ in the face of death is a silver lining to those waiting for a transplant. Read More

• Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that there is a wide variation of medicare costs associated with post-op complications. They also found that the costs can vary from hospital to hospital. Previous research suggested that high-volume, lower cost facilities tend to have lower associated post-op costs and better outcomes than more expensive hospitals. Read More

• Congress directed $394 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fund Zika response efforts. Funding for efforts to improve diagnostic tests and expand lab capacity play a big role in being able to provide a quick turnaround for women getting tested for the disease. Currently, test results can take more than 4 weeks. Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.
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