Knee-replacement surgery works, but so do nonsurgical options

By Associated Press  |  October 21, 2015

People with knees worn out by arthritis will get more pain relief from joint replacement surgery, but it has more risks and there's a good chance that less drastic approaches also would help, according to the first study to strictly test other treatments against knee replacement.

Blog: Flu shots compliance took arm-twisting at Delaware system

By Andis Robeznieks  |  October 20, 2015

Most of Delaware's Christiana Care Health System employees are voluntarily vaccinated against the flu—and the system is well on its way to beat the 77.3% vaccination mark set last year among the nation's healthcare workforce.

Medicare ACOs lost $41 million to poor quality performance

By Melanie Evans  |  October 16, 2015

Keeping people out of the hospital is a primary goal of Medicare accountable care. For the most financially successful ACOs, however, that proved difficult last year, even with money on the line.

Nursing home facilities up in arms over new rules

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 16, 2015

A sweeping proposed rule aimed at significantly improving the quality of care Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries receive in nursing homes is overly burdensome, industry insiders say, while advocates are praising the attempt to bring forth change.

CMS to unveil first group of Next Generation ACOs 'soon'

By Bob Herman  |  October 14, 2015

The Obama administration is close to naming the first cohort of Medicare's Next Generation accountable care organizations, according to Dr. Patrick Conway, acting principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer at the CMS.

Essure sterilization method draws more safety concerns

By Sabriya Rice  |  October 13, 2015

New research is casting more doubt on the safety and effectiveness of a female contraception method linked to thousands of adverse event reports. Women with the device were much more likely to have complications requiring corrective surgery than those who underwent tubal ligation.

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