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Physician leaders: Docs must be accountable for costs for care, quality

Most top physicians believe doctors should be held accountable for costs and quality of care, according to a recent survey of chief medical officers and senior-level medical executives from a range of organizations and practice settings.

Half of US hospitals face readmission penalties

Most hospitals will face some sort of Medicare penalty for excessive 30-day readmissions, losing a combined $420 million in the fourth year of the federal readmission reduction program, according to a  Kaiser Health News  analysis.

Money and medicine: Forever linked?

For better or worse, money and medicine may be inextricably linked, according to a new  paper  in the  AMA Journal of Ethics  by Eli Adashi, M.D. And while not everyone agrees as to the extent money compromises care, attempts to sever the bond have been thus far ineffective,

Medicare Advantage may be best program to power healthcare reform

Though some have championed Meaningful Use as a key tool for driving reform in the healthcare system, its power pales in comparison to that of the increasingly popular Medicare Advantage program.

Hospitals focus on seniors to prevent readmissions, adverse events

Seniors over-estimate their ability to perform tasks, such as getting in and out of bed, after discharge from the emergency department, putting them at greater risks for falls, complications and readmissions.

First Medicare-approved transitional care center opens for business

The first Medicare-approved, third party transitional care provider began taking patients this month. But experts say it won't be long before other healthcare providers focus exclusively on this type of service.

Insurers continue to dodge mental health parity law

Many health insurers continue to dodge covering certain mental health-related costs even after Congress passed the parity law seven years ago, which bans discrimination against treating mentally ill individuals.

Medical scopes and superbugs: Infection risk greater than previously thought

The risk of a serious infection from contaminated medical scopes is much broader than previously thought, as cases of drug-resistant superbugs are now linked to procedures involving the lungs, the bladder and the stomach. 

IOM outlines pathway to cut wait times, increase access to care

Hospitals can deliver key services much more quickly and achieve related quality improvements without significantly adding to costs, according to a new Institute of Medicine report.

A potential weak link in patient safety: ER to inpatient handoffs

Physicians say that patient safety is often at risk because of ineffective communication during the emergency department handoff process when patients are moved to inpatient units.