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Hospitals slow to adopt patient apology policies

Hospitals slow to adopt patient apology policies

By Sabriya Rice  |  August 15, 2015

Deaths, whether inevitable or caused by preventable medical errors, happen daily at most hospitals. But few have adopted best practices for handling complaints or even questions from family members and caregivers, whose first and understandable reaction often starts with the word “why.”

Behavioral health behind bars and beyond

Behavioral health behind bars and beyond

By Andis Robeznieks  |  August 01, 2015

Cook County (Ill.) Jail is trying to shed its reputation as the “nation's largest mental health institution,” and it is leading a nationwide movement with jailhouse and community treatment strategies to keep inmates with mental illness from returning.

Anthem-Cigna merger poses promise and perils

Anthem-Cigna merger poses promise and perils

By Bob Herman  |  July 25, 2015

Anthem's announced $54.2 billion takeover of Cigna Corp. last week is the latest and largest sign of health insurers' lust for scale. But at the heart of the merger momentum is their desire to expand their government business, particularly in the lucrative Medicare Advantage market.

Bundling risk: New demo program shows CMS' eagerness to ditch fee for service

Bundling risk: New demo program shows CMS' eagerness to ditch fee for service

By Melanie Evans  |  July 18, 2015

The hips and knees of the nation's seniors were an obvious target for Medicare's first mandatory test of an alternative payment model for hospitals. But joint replacement isn't the only possible target. Hospitals are now on notice that Medicare will move ahead if they don't do it on their own.

A scramble to house patients, families during pope's U.S. visit

By Associated Press  |  July 13, 2015

Patients seeking long-term treatment at Philadelphia's multitude of renowned specialty care centers might find no room at the inns this September, when a visit by Pope Francis during the World Meeting of Families is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to the region.

Using big data to prevent drug errors

Using big data to prevent drug errors

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 11, 2015

Dr. Gidi Stein was greatly dismayed when he heard about a malpractice case involving the death of a pediatric patient that was the result of a medication error. So in 2012, Stein co-founded a company that offers a big-data software platform to detect prescription errors before they happen.

New Jersey hospital's loss of tax exemption sends warning

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 11, 2015

Many not-for-profit hospitals across the country could lose their tax exemption if the same analysis of for-profit activities is applied to them as a New Jersey Tax Court judge recently used in revoking a Morristown hospital's property-tax exemption, experts say.

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