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How CMS Makes Quality Data Public While Still Keeping It Secret

Cheryl Clark

The federal government seems to want to keep safety data on eight hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) secret at the same time that it boasts how transparent it's being. >>>


Editor's Picks

Regina Benjamin Continues Crusade for Wellness

A Q&A with the former Surgeon General on her new position, the importance of early health habits, and why New Orleans is a natural laboratory for wellness. >>>

The Business Case for Virtual Urgent Care

A telemedicine service priced at only $35 a visit creates a new access point for patients and averts ED visits. >>>

South Carolina Blues Embrace Telemedicine

Physicians and nurse practitioners will conduct tele-consultations for high-risk pregnancies, strokes, and mental health, with an emphasis on rural areas and small towns. >>>

Harvard Pilgrim Tops NCQA Rankings for 4th Year

Just in time for consumers to assess their coverage opportunities in the soon-to-be-unveiled health insurance exchanges, the National Committee for Quality Assurance has released its annual ranking of health insurance plans. >>>

Heart Attack Patient Costs Skyrocket Beyond 30 Days

Three-quarters of the total cost increase for patients with a heart attack was incurred for services between the 31st and the 365th day, according to a new study of Medicare cost trends in 1998-2008. >>>

How to Get the Most Out of Team-Based Care

Advanced practice providers can solve plenty of capacity challenges and they're critical to implementing population health strategies. But the secret to success is not having them on staff – it's in their management. >>>

UDI Rule for Medical Devices Finally Issued

Hospital groups complain about the delay in rule-setting, the long implementation timetable for the unique device identifier rule, and a new database. >>>

SLIDESHOW: Council Connection–ED Performance and Viability

According to HealthLeaders' May Intelligence Report, while 84% of healthcare leaders expect their emergency department patient volume to increase within the next three years, at least six in 10 expect their ED's operating margins and reimbursement rates to decline during that period. >>>

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News Headlines

Online resource available for cancer patients choosing new health insurance

The Plain Dealer, September 26, 2013

Shortage of primary care doctors in D.C., new report finds

The Washington Post, September 26, 2013

Easing doctor burnout with mindfulness

The New York Times, September 26, 2013

Hospital-based infections could be moving to doctor's offices

Scientific American, September 25, 2013

Holy Cross Hospitals inform former patients of data breach

CBS Miami, September 25, 2013

Insurance type tied to dying dementia patients' care

Reuters, September 25, 2013

Federal judge throws out lawsuit over hospital observation care

Kaiser Health News, September 24, 2013

Device prices plunge as hospitals pay less to fix hearts

Bloomberg, September 24, 2013

Obese cancer patients often shorted on chemo doses

The Washington Post / Associated Press, September 24, 2013

How many die from medical mistakes in US hospitals?

ProPublica, September 20, 2013

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A Fresh Look at End-of-Life Care

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