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Doc certification maintenance program important to patients: ABMS
By Andis Robeznieks | September 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Board of Medical Specialties wants physicians to know that it's working to make its Maintenance of Certification program as relevant and convenient as possible. But it also wants them to know the program is not going away and that the public wants and demands evidence that their doctor...
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CMS targets nursing homes' overuse of antipsychotic drugs
By Sabriya Rice | September 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS will push nursing homes to reduce their use of antipsychotic medications by 25% by the end of 2015 and plans to incorporate a measure of the drugs' use to its star-rating system for consumers.
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Texas hospital to work with CMS on TB exposure
By Associated Press | September 21, 2014
The West Texas hospital where more than 700 infants were exposed to tuberculosis over the past year says it will work with federal authorities to show its procedures were adequate.
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700 babies possibly exposed to TB at Texas hospital
By Associated Press | September 20, 2014
More than 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital over the past year by an employee recently diagnosed with the illness, health officials said Friday.
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Health Care Cost Institute's head on offering clear data to patients
By Modern Healthcare | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
David Newman is executive director of the Washington-based Health Care Cost Institute. The organization's mission is to foster better understanding of the drivers of healthcare costs and to provide a database on public- and private-sector costs and quality. Modern Healthcare reporter Darius Tahir...
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Reform Update: Will Anthem's Vivity gain traction among large employers?
By Bob Herman | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Anthem Blue Cross' new health plan partnership with seven hospital systems has grabbed the attention of healthcare stakeholders nationally, but questions loom about the ability of the HMO-like plan to catch on and draw interest from its main target market—large, fully insured employers in Los...
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Providence Health launches $150 million tech venture fund
By Bob Herman | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Providence Health & Services, the fifth-largest not-for-profit system in the country by revenue, has started a venture capital fund to develop innovative, consumer-driven technology. A former Amazon.com executive will run the new undertaking.
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Webinar: Defeating Superbugs | Tuesday, October 7, 2014 | 10:00 AM CT | 11:00 AM ET
September 17, 2014
Defeating Superbugs: Hospitals on the Front Lines. This editorial webinar and “Defeating Superbugs” white paper will explore the steps providers must take to ramp up surveillance efforts, promote appropriate antibiotic use and control outbreaks. Our panel of experts will share their...
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Medicare ACOs improve quality, have mixed results on slowing spending, CMS says
By Melanie Evans | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The participants in Medicare's programs for accountable care organizations have continued to produce mixed results. Quality broadly improved but savings proved more elusive among the early participants.
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AMA pleads for more user-friendly EHRs
By Joseph Conn | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Medical Association is targeting the usability—or lack thereof—of electronic health-record systems as part of a broader campaign to improve physician satisfaction.
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