FAST Act Will Bring Timely Telestroke to Urban and Suburban Stroke Patients

Posted by Randy Rountree on Mon, Oct 26, 2015

Bipartisan Push to Expand Medicare Coverage of Telestroke Will Save Lives and Money

In the U.S., someone has a stroke every 40 seconds and stroke is the fourth leading cause of death. [1][2] While 94 percent of these strokes occur in urban or suburban areas, these victims still don’t get the fast access to medical treatment that is critical to survival. Despite being located closer to hospitals and clinics, these patients still face the same barriers to care that their rural counterparts experience, including lengthy travel times and lack of access to stroke specialists.

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Better Information with New ICD-10 Codes is Giving Patients a Better Chance

Posted by PureWeb on Fri, Oct 16, 2015

ICD-10 Increases Diagnostic Codes by 500 Percent, Radiology Included

On October 1 version 10 of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases, or ICD-10, officially launched in the United States. Mandated by the World Health Organization, ICD is an international standard for diagnostic and other healthcare related codes that “governments, providers and consumers can use as a common language.” (1) The new set of codes replaces ICD-9, in use for more than 30 years, with codes that provide much-needed information for everyone involved in patient care to make better treatment decisions.

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