California measles outbreak declared over

By Associated Press  |  April 18, 2015

California health authorities declared an end Friday to a large measles outbreak in the U.S. that started at Disneyland and triggered a broader debate about vaccinations.

ONC fail: EHR 'data blocking' still rampant

By Joseph Conn  |  April 17, 2015

More than five years after Congress mandated HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to establish a “governance mechanism” for seamless health information exchange, the agency earlier this month confirmed that widespread “data blocking” still existed, largely...

Northwestern Memorial earnings climb after Cadence merger

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 17, 2015

Six months after its merger with Cadence Health, Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial HealthCare is reporting improved second-quarter operating earnings, though its total surplus declined.

Financial incentives OK'd for workplace wellness programs

By Associated Press  |  April 17, 2015

In a victory for business, federal regulators said Thursday that employers can continue to use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs.

Only 251 U.S. hospitals receive top ranking on patient experience

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 16, 2015

Just 251 U.S. hospitals received five stars on a new rating system the CMS rolled out Thursday. The new ratings are part of a broader initiative by the federal agency to use a five-star rating system to help consumers compare the quality of healthcare providers.

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