Building protocols into EHRs can help cut wasteful care

Building protocols into EHRs can help cut wasteful care

By Melanie Evans  |  July 04, 2015

MRIs, CT scans and X-rays for low back pain patients dropped by half last year at the UPMC health system in Pittsburgh after doctors started seeing reminders in the electronic health record that such tests can be unnecessary, a move inspired in part by the Choosing Wisely campaign.

Dialysis pay-for-performance looms

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 04, 2015

In an effort to improve outcomes at the nation's 6,000 dialysis facilities, Medicare plans to cut reimbursement rates up to 2% if the facilities perform poorly on an expanded set of quality metrics.

FDA again delays drug 'track and trace' enforcement

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 01, 2015

The FDA is giving pharmacies another four months before they're penalized if they can't document the chain of custody for the drugs they dispense. The requirement was adopted under a 2013 law passed in response to a meningitis outbreak traced to contaminated compounded drugs.

IOM: The doctor will see you TODAY should be standard

By Andis Robeznieks  |  June 30, 2015

Provider-focused approaches to scheduling and failure to appropriately use nurse practitioners and physician assistants are among the reasons timely access to care remains a problem in the U.S., according to an Institute of Medicine report.

MRI users to learn results of new safety credentialing test

By Sabriya Rice  |  June 27, 2015

Nearly 160 medical specialists who frequently use magnetic resonance imaging equipment will know by mid-July how they performed on the debut version of a credentialing test evaluating knowledge of MRI safety.

FDA to hold safety hearing on Essure birth-control device

By Sabriya Rice  |  June 26, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration announced this week that it will hold a public hearing in the fall concerning the safety of an implantable form of birth control that has generated 5,093 adverse-event reports, including about a dozen deaths.

OSHA cracks down on healthcare employers

OSHA cracks down on healthcare employers

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 25, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday that it would crack down on hospitals and nursing homes for workplace hazards that aren't protected by formal rules. Experts say politics have complicated efforts to formalize workplace regulations.

Report: Wait lists for vets even longer today than last year

By Associated Press  |  June 21, 2015

The number of veterans seeking healthcare but ending up on waiting lists of one month or more is 50% higher now than it was a year ago when a scandal over false records and long wait times wracked the Veterans Affairs Department, the New York Times reported.

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