Orthopedic surgery can be a cost-effective solution

With advancements in medicine, doctors can help seniors and individuals with certain musculoskeletal conditions keep their bodies working normally for longer than they may have been able to in the past.

Researchers uncover enzyme marker for rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious autoimmune disorder that causes intense pain and discomfort in individuals.

OCR examines effect of HIPAA audits

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was established by the federal government as a way to protect the rights and privacy of healthcare patients working with doctors and insurance companies.

Docs may treat osteoporosis to prevent future shoulder fractures

According to a new study conducted by Kaiser Permanente San Diego, osteoporosis treatment may help prevent subsequent shoulder fractures.

Debate grows over HIPAA patient privacy rule

In the years since the federal government approved the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to revamp the U.S. healthcare system, there has been a large push toward expanding the scope and usage of health information technology.

Orthopedic professionals play major role in helping the obese population

Obesity in the U.S. is a serious problem that affects the lives of millions of Americans of all ages.

EHR adoption exceeds expectations for 2013

Since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act was signed into law in 2009, electronic health records have played a major role improving the U.S. healthcare system.

Researchers debunk theory that vitamin C improves gout conditions

While some individuals experience general conditions of arthritis throughout their body - particularly in their later years - others find that the musculoskeletal pain is located primarily in their toes, feet and lower legs.

New studies reveal benefits and drawbacks of certain osteoporosis drugs

Osteoporosis is a musculoskeletal condition that affects many middle-aged and older individuals around the world, undermining the strength of the bones and making them prone to fractures. 

Conflict brew in southern states over Medicaid expansion

When it was signed into law in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act laid the groundwork for many government initiatives designed to reform, strengthen and expand the U.S. healthcare system - making quality medical services available to all Americans.

Scientists uncover link between fat and rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body's immune system to turn against itself - eroding the joints' protective synovial linings and resulting in chronic inflammation and pain.

Senate confirms Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of CMS

The U.S. Senate recently confirmed the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to become the new head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

EHR meaningful use programs continue to expand

Ever since President Barack Obama first enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, there has been an ongoing national debate about the role of government in the healthcare industry.

Advocates call for delay of stage 2 meaningful use program

The federal government is continuing to push for the universal adoption of electronic health record technology among the nation's various healthcare providers and organizations.

Healthcare IT experts call for increased push on telemedicine integration

When President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 into law, it contained numerous provisions encouraging the U.S. healthcare system to modernize its current technology and methodology, incorporating new devices such as electronic health records into its normal operations.

Complications surrounding ICD-10 transition highlight need for more active physician engagement

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service's Oct. 1, 2014 deadline for transitioning to the International Classification of Diseases, tenth revision, from the current ICD-9 medical codes draws ever nearer, and many individuals in and around the healthcare industry are preparing to make the necessary adjustments.

Study highlights the financial cost of not implementing HIT systems

The healthcare industry is one notable sector of the U.S. economy that has been slow to incorporate emerging technologies into their operations.

Study shows ICD-10 has issues with complex code mapping

Healthcare providers who have become accustomed to the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases, ninth revision, are currently preparing for the upcoming shift to ICD-10.