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CMS trims list of possible Medicare quality measures

CMS trims list of possible Medicare quality measures

By Maria Castellucci  |  November 30, 2017

The CMS on Thursday released its annual list of measures under consideration for Medicare's quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs. The number of measures under review is much smaller compared to last year when CMS considered nearly 100 measures.

FDA to crack down on risky stem cell offerings

By Associated Press  |  November 17, 2017

U.S. health authorities will crack down on doctors pushing stem cell procedures that pose the gravest risks to patients amid an effort to police a burgeoning medical field that previously has received little oversight.

Minnesota hospital won't take patients committed by a court

By Associated Press  |  November 06, 2017

State officials worry that the hospital's decision to only accept patients who seek voluntary psychiatric treatment to its 16-bed behavioral health center — not patients who are involuntarily ordered to such care by the courts — might lead other private hospitals to do the same.

Fewer lab tests can produce better patient results

Fewer lab tests can produce better patient results

By Alex Kacik  |  October 24, 2017

Reducing the frequency of laboratory tests can improve patient satisfaction and reduce cost without harming patient outcomes, according to a recent study published in JAMA.

Doctors susceptible to peer pressure too

Doctors susceptible to peer pressure too

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  October 13, 2017

New research raises the idea that clinical decisionmaking can be improved with interventions that focus more on the human traits that influence our choices.

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