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Month: May 2017

NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home: Updated & Upgraded

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent non-profit organization that works to improve health care quality, has recently given its patient-centered medical home ‘a makeover’ in order to “reduce documentation burdens, lower costs, and facilitate quality improvements.”

The NCQA’s move marks a growing effort spearheaded by the healthcare industry’s leadership organizations in response to new technologies, uncertainty surrounding reimbursements, and heightened reporting requirements. The organization’s recent announcement of a comprehensive overhaul will enact changes that aim to create “a much more user-friendly version of the popular practice transformation framework that avoids the pain points of previous iterations of the program,” said Michael S. Barr, MD, Executive Vice President of the Quality Measurement and Research Group at NCQA.

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Heart Disease: #1 Killer Worldwide

New research published in the May 17 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology indicates that roughly a third of all global deaths are the result of heart disease and stroke: cardiovascular disease is currently the number one killer around the world.

Gregory Roth, the study’s lead author and assistant professor of cardiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, notes that the statistics present “an alarming threat to global health…trends in cardiovascular disease mortality are no longer declining for high-income regions, and low- and middle-income countries are also seeing more cardiovascular disease related deaths.”

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