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Only 251 U.S. hospitals receive 5-star rating on patient satisfaction

Only 251 U.S. hospitals receive 5-star rating on patient satisfaction

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 16, 2015

Just 251 U.S. hospitals received five stars on a new rating system the CMS rolled out Thursday. The new ratings are part of a broader initiative by the federal agency to use a five-star rating system to help consumers compare the quality of healthcare providers.

Panel recommends labeling change for AstraZeneca's diabetes drug Onglyza

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  April 14, 2015

An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted Tuesday to recommend the agency require drugmaker AstraZeneca to change the labeling of its diabetes medication Onglyza to add safety information to reflect a heightened risk for heart failure associated with its use.

Critics call Texas a lone wolf in restricting telemedicine

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  April 13, 2015

Friday's decision by the Texas Medical Board to limit the practice of telemedicine runs counter to the direction being taken in most states, which are seeking to expand the use of such services to increase healthcare access and reduce costs.

Video: Dr. Patrick Conway, the CMS' CMO

Video: Dr. Patrick Conway, the CMS' CMO

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 11, 2015

Dr. Patrick Conway, CMO and acting principal deputy administrator at the CMS, says the Obama administration's push to transform the healthcare system is yielding real results, even as some providers have struggled as the agency tinkers with the frameworks and benchmarks of its new models.

AstraZeneca diabetes drug may increase risk of heart failure and death

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  April 10, 2015

A preliminary report by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said AstraZeneca's diabetes drug Onglyza was associated with a higher risk of death and heart failure, raising new concerns over a class of diabetes medications that has been linked to heart failure complications.

NIH discharges American Ebola patient

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 09, 2015

The American Ebola patient getting treatment at the National Institutes of Health was discharged Thursday in good condition and Ebola-free, officials said.

Germ-killing robots battle in court

Germ-killing robots battle in court

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 08, 2015

Xenex Disinfection Services, a maker of machines that use ultraviolet lights to kill germs in healthcare settings, is suing Clorox Co., which sells competing equipment and has taken issue with Xenex's marketing claims.

Hamburg to serve as IOM foreign secretary

Hamburg to serve as IOM foreign secretary

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 06, 2015

The Institute of Medicine has tapped Dr. Margaret Hamburg, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to serve as its next foreign secretary.

Health IT prevalent among ECRI's top 10 safety concerns

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 06, 2015

Alarm fatigue, incomplete electronic health-record data and poor care-coordination due to over-reliance on healthcare IT are among the top 10 patient-safety concerns for healthcare organizations, according to a new report from the ECRI Institute.

Health IT among ECRI's top 10 patient-safety concerns

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 04, 2015

Alarm fatigue and missing or incomplete electronic health-record data are among the top 10 patient-safety concerns for healthcare organizations, according to a new report from ECRI Institute.

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