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Screen for depression on admission

Screen for depression on admission

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 30, 2016

Since 2014, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has routinely screened all admitted patients for depression, making it one of the first U.S. hospitals to do so. About 1% of the patients screened are found to be at risk for suicide, which hospital leaders say would have been hard to detect in the past.

New labor rules hurting, not helping some home health workers

New labor rules hurting, not helping some home health workers

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 30, 2016

Home health industry leaders say a new rule meant to help workers who had long fallen under certain exemptions to federal labor laws is doing just what they warned it would: hurting home health agencies and their clients—and even the workers it was supposed to help.

Hospital sued after FCC tightens debt collection rules

By Beth Kutscher  |  January 30, 2016

The bar was raised for medical debt collectors last summer when the Federal Communications Commission issued a ruling that made it harder to dial patients on their cellphones without their express consent. Now a California-based hospital chain has become one of the first providers to be sued since...

Walgreens tells Theranos to stop using lab under scrutiny

By Associated Press  |  January 28, 2016

The nation's largest drugstore chain is telling blood-testing startup Theranos to stop sending samples from its customers to a testing facility that drew regulatory scrutiny over possible patient risks.

Seeking a solution for patient record matching

Seeking a solution for patient record matching

By Joseph Conn  |  January 23, 2016

Ensuring providers accurately match electronic health records with the right patient has emerged as a hot-button issue for the health information technology industry as its provider customers come under increasing pressure to freely share records with other providers.

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