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Child being monitored in Chicago for Ebola infection

By Adam Rubenfire  |  December 19, 2014

A child is under observation for Ebola infection at the University of Chicago Medical Center after presenting with a fever during screening at the city's O'Hare International Airport.

Docs take note: Make quality-reporting deadline or face penalty

By Andis Robeznieks  |  December 18, 2014

Physician advocates are warning doctors to pay close attention to the CMS' recently released Physician Quality Reporting System data submission deadlines, because the 2014 data they report will be used to calculate their future Medicare payments.

Providers balk as CMS announces penalties for 2013 EHR issues

By Joseph Conn  |  December 18, 2014

A CMS announcement that many doctors will see their 2015 Medicare payments cut by 1% for failing to meet federal electronic health-record incentive-payment program standards has provoked strong reactions from physician and hospital groups.

Hospital price growth in November continues to outpace prior year

By Melanie Evans  |  December 17, 2014

The Consumer Price Index for hospitals increased 0.2% last month as prices for inpatient care edged upward. The Consumer Price Index for the year that ended in November shows a 4.7% increase in hospital prices, compared with 4.4% growth the prior year.

Patients: Partners, clients or consumers?

By Sabriya Rice  |  December 17, 2014

Patients are more frequently being called consumers, partners and clients as healthcare providers focus attention on experience and satisfaction. But in a Dec. 13 blog post, some clinicians suggested a downside of using these descriptions, saying the terms don't capture the complexity of the...

More hospitals moving to improved EHRs, CMS reports

More hospitals moving to improved EHRs, CMS reports

By Joseph Conn  |  December 16, 2014

Hospitals are further along in upgrading their electronic health-record systems to where they need to be than had seemed possible only a month ago, according to new data from the CMS.

N.J. Senate panel advances assisted-suicide bill

By Associated Press  |  December 16, 2014

Legislation allowing physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients who request it was advanced Monday by a New Jersey Senate committee.

Murthy narrowly confirmed as surgeon general

Murthy narrowly confirmed as surgeon general

By Paul Demko  |  December 15, 2014

Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed by the Senate Monday to become the next surgeon general, more than a year after he was nominated by President Barack Obama. The vote was 51-43 in favor of approving his nomination for the public health advocacy post, with only one Republican voting to confirm.

Doc database may soon include CME-related payments

Doc database may soon include CME-related payments

By Jaimy Lee  |  December 15, 2014

The CMS now suggests payments from drug and device companies for continuing medical education must be reported to the Open Payments database if the contributors learn which doctors lead the sessions.

CHI weathers plummeting operations, DOJ settlement in Q1

By Lisa Schencker and Melanie Evans  |  December 12, 2014

Catholic Health Initiatives lost more on its operations in the quarter that ended Sept. 30 than it did in the entire previous year, according to the system's just-released financial statements.

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