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Surgical-robot costs put small hospitals in a bind April 19, 2014 While overall sales of the da Vinci Surgical System are on the decline, a number of small and rural hospitals are considering acquiring the pricey machine, believing it will help them attract and retain surgeons and appeal to patients.
New health IT architecture requires interactive EHRs, scientists advise April 18, 2014 To help create a new health-information architecture, the current crop of electronic health-record systems needs to be connected using interfaces that will allow them to communicate with each other, according to recommendations from a group of U.S. scientists reporting on the nation's...
Give ACOs a break, AHA tells CMS Innovation Center April 18, 2014 The American Hospital Association is lobbying the CMS Innovation Center to make it easier for accountable care organizations to earn Medicare bonuses and delay potential penalties as the agency looks to expand the initiative.
Reform Update: Exchanges look more appealing to insurers second time around April 17, 2014 Health insurers appear to be increasingly bullish on the fledgling state and federal exchanges, in spite of disastrous rollouts in many of the online marketplaces last fall. Mounting evidence suggests more health plans are poised to compete for exchange business during the 2015 open-enrollment...
Truven's 15 Top systems: Consistency boosts quality April 19, 2014 Some hospital systems working to improve performance have turned the phrase "in a rut" into a constructive concept as they institute protocols to improve the consistency and efficiency of healthcare for patients.
Healthcare site flagged in Heartbleed review April 19, 2014 People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.
ACA enrollment tops 8 million, Obama says April 17, 2014 Enrollment in health plans sold on Obamacare's insurance exchanges has reached 8 million, and 35% of those who signed up through HealthCare.gov are under the age of 35, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
Cancer drugs: Too expensive to compare? April 17, 2014 The prices of some cancer drugs are so high that they preclude trials comparing their effectiveness, according to two National Cancer Institute researchers.
Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems April 19, 2014 A Special Feature on Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems, 2014. Performances are based on 12 measures, and results are broken down into four categories: National health system performance
Price transparency needed from all stakeholders, HFMA task force says April 16, 2014 Hospitals and health plans should serve as front-line resources on healthcare price information for patients who want to make more informed decisions about their healthcare. But government and employers should also help consumers understand healthcare prices, according to a report released today by...
Nominations now open for first Healthcare Marketing Impact Awards April 19, 2014 Today's rapidly changing healthcare environment demands every organization—whether provider, insurer, supplier or advocacy group—reach the public with a clear and impactful message communicating their goal of delivering or contributing to higher quality, more affordable and more...
N.Y. gets final terms for $8B Medicaid waiver April 14, 2014 New York and federal officials report final agreement allowing the state to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over the next five years.
FDA warns of risks with fibroid removal procedure April 17, 2014 The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a device-assisted procedure for treating fibroids could inadvertently spread cancer from the uterus to other parts of the body.
AHA goes after 'two-midnight' rule in court April 14, 2014 The controversial “two-midnight” rule just got a little more controversial; the American Hospital Association Monday filed two lawsuits against the rule and was joined in its suit by several state hospital associations and individual hospitals.
CMS reveals Medicare physician pay data April 09, 2014 Routine office visits accounted for the single largest share of Medicare physician billings in 2012 even though they amounted to just one-seventh of the $77 billion paid by the government for physician services through the nation's senior citizen healthcare program.
Diabetes complications have plunged since 1990: CDC April 17, 2014 Substantial declines have occurred during the past 20 years in the rates of five major diabetes-related complications, with the biggest drops seen in cardiovascular events, the CDC says in a new report.
Medtronic appeals heart-valve device ruling April 15, 2014 Medtronic has appealed a ruling by a federal judge which restricts use of the company's new heart valve device to a limited number of U.S. patients. Although the judge indicated that the Medtronic device is safer and has better outcomes than that of its competitor, Edwards Lifesciences, a...
Nuance buys Accelarad, launches image HIE platform April 17, 2014 Nuance Communications, a Burlington, Mass., developer of speech recognition and natural-language-processing software, is acquiring Accelarad, a provider of cloud-based imaging exchange services.
N.Y. incubator Startup Health adds 16 companies April 10, 2014 The New York-based incubator StartUp Health admitted 16 new companies to its current class, the company announced this week. The incubator runs a three-year program that helps healthcare startups develop their products and raise venture capital.
10 largest investor-owned, for-profit hospital chains April 19, 2014 A list of the nation's 10 largest investor-owned, for-profit hospital chains, ranked by 2013 revenue as reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Source: Modern Healthcare reporting. Published April 21, 2014, p. 30.
Layoffs at Miss. hospital April 12, 2014 Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home, Poplarville, Miss. has eliminated 19 positions and reduced hours for other workers to address financial problems.
Nurse experience linked to shorter hospital patient stays April 14, 2014 The more experience a nurse has and the longer his or her tenure in a hospital unit, the shorter the length of stay for the patients they care for, finds a new study looking at the effect of nursing team structure on the quality of care a patient receives.