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East Coast providers take emergency measures as massive storm nears

East Coast providers take emergency measures as massive storm nears

With a massive snowstorm set to hit the East Coast, New York and Boston healthcare providers were asking staff to stay at facilities overnight, stockpiling supplies, postponing elective surgeries and asking pregnant patients to come in early to be at hospitals when the worst of the storm hits.

Medicare's payment reform push draws praise and fears

By Melanie Evans and Paul Demko  |  January 26, 2015

By 2018, half of Medicare spending outside of managed care will be tied to incentives to manage quality and costs, federal officials said Monday. That was greeted with enthusiasm but also with warnings that the effort will be wasted if the new models are too weak or built on flawed measures.

Fresenius operates half of Medicare's lowest-rated dialysis facilities

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 26, 2015
Fresenius operates half of Medicare's lowest-rated dialysis facilities

Medicare's new five-star quality-rating system for dialysis facilities suggests significant disparities between the care provided by the nation's largest kidney-care companies. Far fewer Fresenius Medical Care facilities earned five- and four-star ratings than those of competitor DaVita Kidney Care.


Research

20 largest healthcare finance companies

20 largest healthcare finance companies

A list of the nation's 20 largest healthcare finance companies, ranked by amount of loans underwritten in the healthcare sector underwritten in 2014. Source: Dealogic. Published Jan. 24, 2015, p. 34.


Technology

App breaks down language barriers for patients, doctors

App breaks down language barriers for patients, doctors

Jerrit Tan, a first-generation Chinese-American, used to skip school to act as a translator for his immigrant parents and extended family when they visited a doctor. Now he has developed a smartphone app that provides medical interpretation services in 15 languages.

Safety & Quality

Inside medicine's gray zone

Inside medicine's gray zone

Researchers and cost-control advocates are increasingly questioning drugs, devices and procedures that proved effective in clinical trials but don't achieve the same outcomes once widely deployed. Sometimes they perform worse than cheaper alternatives already on the market.

People

ONC fills new job targeting EHR interoperability

ONC fills new job targeting EHR interoperability

HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has hired its first chief information officer as the agency shifts its focus toward improving the interoperability of electronic health-record systems.

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