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  1. CMS issues guidance on implementing MOON
    Access the CMS Manual System, updated to include guidance on how hospitals are to communicate with Medicare beneficiaries receiving outpatient services for more than 24 hours. AHA News
  2. Tackling Patients’ Social Problems Can Cut Health Costs
    Super-utilizers, who frequent the nation’s emergency departments, make up five percent of the population but account for 50 percent of healthcare costs. Read about the data-driven approaches some Houston doctors and hospitals are using to combat this problem and why their success doesn’t necessarily point to a long life for the programs that benefit such isolated patients. Kaiser Health News
  3. Study: As Many as Half of ICU Patients Don’t Need to Be There
    A new study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine shows that more than half of ICU patients studied could have been cared for less-expensively and with less-invasive means outside of this setting reserved for the sickest patients.  HealthLeaders Media
  4. Georgia State study uses social media, internet to forecast disease outbreaks
    Student researchers at Georgia State’s School of Public Health conducted a study showing that, in the absence of detailed epidemiological data obtained from traditional sources, information extracted from reports shared online by public health authorities can be helpful in understanding the onset of a disease outbreak.  EurekaAlert!
  5. The Heroism of Incremental Care
    Atul Gawande, a surgeon and public-health researcher, builds a convincing argument for why the United States needs to shift its focus from rescue medicine to lifelong, incremental care. “Much of what ails us requires a more patient kind of skill,” Gawande says in making a case for systematic incrementalism. The New Yorker 
  6. We Will Miss Antibiotics When They’re Gone
    The World Health Organization warns that we are on the cusp of a “post-antibiotic era” to be characterized by epidemic spread of deadly superbugs and a resurgence of once defeated diseases like tuberculosis. Consider how innovation and a re-haul of the way new antibiotics are developed and introduced into the market could impact this looming threat.   The New York Times