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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.

Closing arguments heard in Chicago-area antitrust case

Closing arguments heard in Chicago-area antitrust case

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 28, 2016

Attorneys for two Chicago-area hospital systems argued in federal court last week that a recent decision in a similar antitrust case in Pennsylvania supports the systems' case for being allowed to merge.

Mutated superbug raises fear of 'end of the road for antibiotics'

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 28, 2016

Researchers have identified the first U.S. case of a pathogen carrying a mutated gene resistant to an antibiotic used as a last line of defense against superbugs, raising fears that a post-antibiotic era will arrive sooner than expected.

Tapping new dimensions: the promise of 3-D printing

Tapping new dimensions: the promise of 3-D printing

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 21, 2016

Physicians have increasingly looked to 3-D printing for unique implants and surgical models, and some manufacturers are now using the method to mass produce medical devices and even drugs that are more precise, customizable and biocompatible than conventionally produced products.

FTC faces off with Advocate, NorthShore over merger

FTC faces off with Advocate, NorthShore over merger

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 21, 2016

Arguments are scheduled to wrap up this week in a closely watched Federal Trade Commission case challenging a proposed merger between two Chicago-area health systems.

Highmark sues feds over ACA payments

Highmark sues feds over ACA payments

By Bob Herman  |  May 17, 2016

Health insurer Highmark is suing the federal government to recover money owed under the risk-corridor program for plans sold on the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges. Republicans in Congress, calling the program a bailout for insurers, stymied HHS' ability to cover the obligations.

Innovations: Making 3-D medical imaging a reality

Innovations: Making 3-D medical imaging a reality

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 14, 2016

EchoPixel likes to compare its 3-D imaging technology to cutting through a loaf of bread. MRIs and CT scans can create flat, two-dimensional pictures—or single slices—of information. But what if you wanted to cut into the loaf from a different angle to get more detailed cross sections?

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