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Video: Finding the human factors in tech hazards
September 01, 2014
A team of clinical staffers at MedStar Health's National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare demonstrate how an error can easily occur with a cardiac defibrillator. The health system launched the center in 2010 to address safety issues associated with the deployment of new technology.
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Providers see little enthusiasm to join Pioneer ACOs
By Melanie Evans | September 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Federal officials are floating the idea of expanding Medicare's Pioneer model for accountable care organizations, but they might struggle to recruit any new participants.
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Federal judge blocks Louisiana's new abortion restrictions
By Associated Press | September 01, 2014
A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of Louisiana's restrictive new abortion law.
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Indiana hospitals fight state's salary disclosure law
By Associated Press | September 01, 2014
Indiana county hospitals are seeking an exemption from a requirement that they make the salaries of doctors and staff public, saying doing so puts them at a disadvantage with their private counterparts.
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AMA proposes Medicare pay for end-of-life counseling
By Modern Healthcare | August 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Medical Association has proposed a new Medicare billing code for physicians who provide counseling for patients who want to write end-of-life directives, the New York Times reports.
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Hospitals often ignore policies on using qualified medical interpreters
By Sabriya Rice | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As the U.S. grows increasingly more linguistically and culturally diverse, some safety experts worry that healthcare providers too often are not making professional interpreter and translator services available to patients and families, increasing the risk of adverse events.
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CMS offers holiday sale on audit appeals
By Modern Healthcare | August 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In a pre-Labor Day weekend bid to lower its backlog of contentious payment disputes, the CMS late Friday offered to pay hospitals 68% of all medical claims appealed by the service providers after having been rejected by outside auditors.
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Experimental Ebola drug ZMapp proves promising in primate study
By Associated Press | August 30, 2014
An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa—once more of it can be made.
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New Novartis heart disease drug shows big promise in study
By Associated Press | August 30, 2014
A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade—a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20%.
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Federal judge strikes down Texas abortion clinic restrictions
By Associated Press | August 30, 2014
Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure.
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