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UPMC's health plan swells in aftermath of Highmark spat

UPMC's health plan swells in aftermath of Highmark spat

By Bob Herman  |  August 26, 2016

Membership in UPMC's health insurance division grew 8% in the past year, according to financial documents released Friday, giving UPMC a bigger foothold as it tries to operate peacefully with its rival Highmark Health.

Best Practices: How to stop wasting so much blood

Best Practices: How to stop wasting so much blood

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  July 30, 2016

As blood management programs catch on, a study at Vanderbilt University Medical Center strengthens the evidence that basic system changes can go a long way in using blood more efficiently.

Growing the ranks of minority nurses

Growing the ranks of minority nurses

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 30, 2016

While there have been gains in recruiting minority nurses, it has not kept pace with the growing demand for culturally competent care.

The education of a safety specialist

The education of a safety specialist

By Meeri Kim  |  July 16, 2016

The decadelong movement to combat medical errors in hospitals and other healthcare settings has increased demand for specialists who can lead quality and safety improvement projects. New graduate programs are teaching mid-career professionals those leadership skills.

EHR safety goes to court

EHR safety goes to court

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 25, 2016

A recently filed lawsuit alleging that a faulty electronic health record system caused patient harm may be among the first in a wave of such cases, even though most experts say the latest EHR systems are better designed than older models.

FTC loss may spur more hospital deals

FTC loss may spur more hospital deals

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 18, 2016

A judge delivered the Federal Trade Commission a major setback last week in one of its biggest hospital cases in years, and experts say the decision could embolden even more hospitals to consolidate.

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