Biden talks Cancer Moonshot at innovation summit

By Lydia Coutre, Crain's Cleveland Business  |  October 25, 2016

Biden emphasized the need for data sharing, innovation and investment, as well as collaboration. Although collaboration is key, he said, "our systems are ill-equipped to reward collaboration, to reward team science, to give credit to everyone involved in a publication."

Commentary: Why Mayo Clinic wants to rethink how hospital quality is graded

By Dr. John Noseworthy  |  October 22, 2016

Many measurement programs currently in use—and others being developed—do not differentiate complexity of patient conditions nor account for their settings of care, which results in inaccurate reports on value, says Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy.

Using community health workers to reduce readmission rates

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  October 22, 2016

Sending trained workers to high-risk patients' homes to help them with psychological, social and environmental challenges helped drastically reduce readmissions at one Maryland hospital.

DMC plan addresses issues with sterile tools

By Associated Press  |  October 19, 2016

The Detroit Medical Center says a plan to address problems with its sterilization of surgical instruments has been approved by state regulators.

Commentary: Have we returned to a pre-antibiotic era in medicine?

By Kristi Kuper  |  October 19, 2016

In many countries, indiscriminate antibiotic use in humans, agriculture and animals used for food production has led to the rise of bacteria that are resistant to all commercially available antibiotics. Many are now asking: “Have we returned to a pre-antibiotic era?”

CMS touts savings, quality under primary-care initiative

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  October 17, 2016

The Comprehensive Primary Care initiative has been testing whether paying practices to deliver advanced primary care through better coordination improves health outcomes and saves money.

ER wait times, length of stay far longer for psychiatric patients

By Maria Castellucci  |  October 17, 2016

Psychiatric patients wait disproportionately longer in emergency departments before receiving treatment and experience longer stays compared to other medical patients, according to reports released Monday by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Final MACRA rule expands exemptions, flexibility

By Virgil Dickson , Shannon Muchmore and Shelby Livingston  |  October 14, 2016

Nearly a third of physicians could be exempt from Medicare's new Merit-based Incentive Payment System under a final rule the CMS issued Friday. The CMS also signaled it would broaden the opportunities for physicians to participate in alternative models.

Contaminated machines linked to heart surgery infections

By Associated Press  |  October 13, 2016

Health officials are warning that small outbreaks of infections spread by contaminated operating room machinery during open-heart surgery could be more widespread than first thought.

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