Errors in patient care, attributed to electronic health record systems used in emergency departments, are "incredibly common," says a researcher. But vendor contracts prevent physicians from speaking publicly about problems with the systems. >>>
The deal to buy Vanguard will expand Tenet's footprint to 30 markets across 16 states. Charlie Martin, Vanguard's founder, chairman, and CEO, will join Tenet's board of directors, and Keith Pitts, Vanguard's vice chairman, will serve Tenet as vice chairman. >>>
A Senate bill introduced Tuesday would make Medicare claims and payment data available to the public in a searchable database that would be free to use. >>>
In two reports examining the status of health insurance exchanges, the U.S. Government Accountability Office raises concerns that "much remains to be accomplished" by the Oct. 1 enrollment date. >>>
Researchers and a journalist were able to re-identify, without much fuss, the de-identified medical records of scores of patients, thought to have been protected by HIPAA. Here's how they did it. >>>
Outpatient care coordination does not significantly reduce hospitalizations among high-cost Medicare patients, researchers say. Instead 90% of inpatient spending for those patients was "for treatment of conditions that you wouldn't think would be preventable by outpatient management." >>>
Health insurance company medical loss ratios improved in 2011-2012 to drive a $3.4 billion reduction in healthcare premium costs. But MLR's influence is expected to wane. >>>
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