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Docs say oncologists--not payers--should determine cancer care pathways

Though the concept of designing cancer care "pathways" has potential, oncologists have reason to be concerned about the possibility of health insurers determining these pathways on their own, according to an opinion piece published in  JAMA Oncology.  

Most top-ranked hospitals in at least one ACA exchange network

Nearly all top-ranked regional hospitals are in at least one Affordable Care Act marketplace plan network, yet hospitals' network participation still "declined significantly" in 2016, a new analysis from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows. The findings show that consumers have a lot of choice in hospitals, RWJF's Kathy Hempstead told FierceHealthPayer in an exclusive interview.  

Pediatric ER seeks to limit stressors for autistic patients

A pilot program at an Orlando, Florida, hospital aims at reducing autistic children's stress during visits to the emergency room, according to Bay News 9.

Focus on low-cost, efficient, accessible care to attract millennial patients

For all the regulatory and institutional pressure to define and deliver value-based care, the biggest near-term driver of practical changes to care delivery may come from traditional market pressure. The expectations and values held by millennial patients already force providers to adjust, and that trend is likely to continue, according to an article in  USA Today.

Superbug-linked scopes: Feds failed to act on earlier outbreak

A recent report found blame to go around for a series of bacterial infection outbreaks linked to contaminated medical scopes, with regulators, hospitals and manufacturers all dropping the ball. Now new evidence indicates the problems with the scopes were apparent nearly four years ago, according to the  Los Angeles Times, but major players in healthcare oppose a key feature that would prevent a delay in notification from happening again.

8 developing healthcare trends

Strategies to engage more value-conscious patients and consumers are among eight key healthcare trends that will develop over the next five years, according to a new report issued by the American Hospital Association's Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Study: Great potential for Medicare Advantage to engage providers in value-based care

While Medicare Advantage plans present immense potential to accelerate the transition from volume to value in the healthcare industry, health plans still face challenges in convincing providers of the buisness case for value-based care in MA, according to a new study from Deloitte.  

ERs could shed light on police shootings

Hospital emergency departments have great potential as a potential source to shed light on police shootings, according to National Public Radio.

3 ways to tackle a high no-show rate

With billions of dollars in revenue on the line nationwide, one physician shares his strategies to cut down on no-show patients at his practice.

Federal appeals court removes barrier for dual hospital classification

It may now be easier for hospitals to improve outcomes at lower costs by claiming both "urban" and "rural" status, thanks to a ruling by the 2 nd  U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.