Safety net hospitals face looming care crisis

Major funding cuts on the horizon could eliminate or significantly reduce the ability of many safety net hospitals to provide care for the uninsured and underinsured, a new study finds.

Obama administration fudged exchange enrollment with stand-alone dental plans

It appears HHS has a numbers problem. Alex Wayne reports for Bloomberg that the government inflated its 2014 enrollment figures for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchanges by including dental plans along with medical plans.

Look for higher deductibles on most popular Obamacare plans

Individuals and families looking for a federal health plan with low premiums may likely face annual deductibles averaging thousands of dollars, according to a new analysis of health plans sold on for 2015.

Study shows promise and pitfalls of clinical decision support

Information technology is supposed to help healthcare providers make better decisions. But a study published this month in the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows both the promise and the drawbacks of harnessing software to improve clinical decisions.

New drug development said to come with $2.6 billion price tag

How much does it cost to get a drug approved? A new estimate puts the number at $2.55 billion, more than twice the cost assessed by the same lead researcher a decade ago. Not everyone believes the math.

New initiative targets community causes of poor health

The newly launched BUILD Health Challenge initiative aims to increase partnerships between providers and community organizations that address the underlying causes for poor health in low-income communities.

Can MedPAC make the two-midnight rule go away?

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is mulling trying to solve the conundrum posed by the widely panned “two-midnight rule” by eliminating the outpatient observation claims that gave rise to it.

Big-city hospitals more likely to face readmission penalties

Hospitals in Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Newark, N.J., and Philadelphia saw the highest average Medicare readmission penalties over the past two reporting periods, according to researchers studying the impact of the program on urban institutions.

Comments sought on informed consent in rules for comparison studies

The federal government is considering possible changes to what risks and benefits researchers must describe to patients who participate in studies comparing the effectiveness of already approved treatments and procedures.

Telemedicine survey reveals tentative steps toward increased use

Healthcare executives are taking tentative steps toward widely using telemedicine, finds a survey of 57 executives by law firm Foley & Lardner.


Medical informatics trailblazer Lindberg retiring in March

Dr. Donald Lindberg, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, will be stepping down in March after serving more than 30 years as director of the National Library of Medicine. His tenure has been marked by moving the library into the electronic information age where its curated clinical...


Colon cancer death rates higher among the least educated

The risk of dying following a colon cancer diagnosis is disproportionately higher among people who have a high school education or less, a study concludes. Both men and women who attended school for 12 years or fewer had significantly higher death rates from the disease.

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