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VA chief to Congress: You can't fire your way to excellence

By Associated Press  |  January 22, 2016

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday disputed claims by members of Congress that his scandal-plagued agency hasn't dismissed enough employees, saying, "You can't fire your way to excellence."

Senate committee ideas on improving IT sound familiar

By Joseph Conn  |  January 21, 2016

A Senate committee's ideas on boosting the interoperability of electronic health-record systems and increasing their usability harken back to a 2004 plan authored by the father of the modern health IT movement.

Missouri hospital announces affiliation with Cleveland Clinic

By Lydia Coutre, Crain's Cleveland Business  |  January 21, 2016

St. Luke's Hospital, a healthcare provider in the St. Louis area, announced an affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic's Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute.

Blog: Better nursing-staffing equals lower mortality

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 20, 2016

The biggest difference between hospitals with more nurses and those with fewer was felt by the sickest patients getting the riskiest surgeries. The better staffed the hospital, the less likely the patient would die or need to be sent to intensive-care services.

Blog: Dying docs opt for less aggressive end-of-life care

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 19, 2016

Doctors facing death may be less likely to seek surgery or visit the intensive-care unit during the last six months of their lives when compared to non-clinicians. They are also less likely to ultimately die in a hospital, according to studies posted Tuesday in JAMA that looked at use of...

FDA issues cybersecurity guidance on medical devices

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  January 19, 2016

Concerns over the threat hackers pose to medical devices were the basis for draft guidance issued Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that would call on manufacturers to report to the agency cybersecurity vulnerabilities that endanger patient safety.

J&J to lay off 3,000 as it restructures medical-device businesses

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 19, 2016

Medical manufacturing giant Johnson & Johnson has announced plans to restructure its medical-device businesses after several quarters of declining sales. Johnson & Johnson says it will use the money it saves to fund investments in “new growth opportunities” and new products in the...

CMS is 'struggling' to communicate benefit of ACOs

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 19, 2016

The White House is looking to bolster Medicare's accountable care programs by promoting ACOs to the 8.9 million beneficiaries who may be covered by the organizations, but may not know it.

Posting doc-patient reviews pays off

By Jaclyn Schiff  |  January 16, 2016

When Salt Lake City residents search the Web for physician reviews, they're likely to come across a set of ratings from an unlikely source: the University of Utah Health Care's website. But in the three years since UUHC moved to systemwide public reviews, measures of patient satisfaction have...

Boston Scientific accused of using counterfeit materials to make vaginal mesh

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 15, 2016

A new lawsuit this week alleges that Boston Scientific ran a conspiracy to use counterfeit materials from China to make its transvaginal surgical mesh devices, which have been the target of criticism and thousands of lawsuits from injured patients in recent years.

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