Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• Hospitals are now offering more mental health and emotional wellness programs to children and teenagers in an ongoing effort to improve population health. Mental health issues are very prevalent in young children and is the most common childhood affliction above cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. Including mental health screenings in primary care is another approach that is currently being explored. Source
• The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is calling for health care providers to use a 90-day period for Meaningful Use reporting, in contrast to a full calendar year. By shortening the reporting period, hospitals and health systems can continue to make progress in adopting technology systems that support new payment and care delivery models. Source
• While experts agree that mosquitos are Zika's main driver, intimate contact may account for more Zika infections than previously believed. In most parts of the U.S., health officials have presumed that Zika infection risk is low in the non-summer months. However, widespread sexual transmission may alter those numbers. The evidence is still emerging and many of the findings will merit further study. Source
On The Front Lines:
After a three week skid, Apple finally showed some positive growth in the iOS-Android wars among our health care providers! This week, Apple took back .08 percent of the mobile device pie from Android. If the rumors true, the reverse sticker shock of the upcoming iPhone 7 may be a driving factor in Apple's slow crawl back to the top.
Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.