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Tech fixes ease sharing of sensitive patient data
By Joseph Conn | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
This spring, Michigan lawmakers removed a major roadblock to the exchange of patient medical records between behavioral-health and medical providers by approving a uniform patient notification and consent form.
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ACA open enrollment for 2015 causing anxiety for plans, providers
By Paul Demko | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The 2014 Obamacare open enrollment period focused on signing up as many people as possible. But when enrollment for the second year of coverage opens on Nov. 15, the task for health plans, insurance brokers and navigators will be more complex.
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Our misplaced disease preparedness priorities
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
For years, infectious-disease specialists have warned public health officials to begin preparing for unexpected outbreaks of microbial infections due to climate change.
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IT entrepreneurs rush into healthcare, but will human touch be missing?
By Darius Tahir | September 06, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The vision of providing better, faster, cheaper and more consumer-friendly healthcare is shared by many digital health and telehealth startups. Still, shifting healthcare services to the digital realm involves new challenges in ensuring quality and appropriate utilization.
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Cost growth projected to climb; can ACA initiatives slow it down?
By Melanie Evans | September 06, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The U.S. economy's lackluster recovery from the Great Recession eroded wages and left millions chronically unemployed. But it also gave the nation a break from rapidly rising healthcare spending.
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Modern Healthcare Design Awards winners know how to engage patients
By Andis Robeznieks | September 06, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Now in their 29th year, Modern Healthcare's Design Awards have chronicled the industry's pursuit to define, design and create the ideal healing environment. And, according to one of this year's judges, the strongest entries in this year's...
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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 more linguistically diverse, safety experts worry that healthcare providers too often fail to make interpreter services available to patients, increasing the risk of adverse events.
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Outsourcing lab services can save money, but it's not that simple
By Jaimy Lee | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals increasingly are outsourcing nonclinical services such as laundry and food to save money. Now, some are turning the cost spotlight on clinical services such as labs and diagnostic imaging. But such moves require hospitals to evaluate service and quality issues.
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Obamacare's political turning point
By Harris Meyer, managing editor | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
We've come to a fascinating point in the Obamacare political battle where Republican candidates aren't sure they still want to attack Democrats over the law, and Democrats still aren't sure they want to claim credit for it.
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Provider plans price more aggressively on insurance exchanges
By Paul Demko | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The launch of the Obamacare exchanges has offered an opportunity for provider-sponsored plans to compete on a level playing field with the traditional insurers that long have dominated the individual and small-group markets.
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