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GOP lawmakers gear up to fight Cadillac tax

As employers and insurers brace for the effects of the controversial Cadillac tax, Republican lawmakers are preparing to fight the provision once Congress is back in session.

Improved hand hygiene means stricter monitoring, concrete penalties

Encouraging hand hygiene among hospital employees is a top priority in the healthcare industry, but improving it may require closer monitoring and the threat of penalties for non-compliance.

Three Minnesota insurers oppose UCare's bid for second chance at contract

Three Minnesota-based health insurers--Blue Plus, HealthPartners and Medica--hope that a county judge denies rival insurer UCare's bid for a second chance at business through a public health insurance contract. 

CMS names William Rogers ICD-10 ombudsman

Emergency room physician William Rogers, who currently serves as director of the Physicians Regulatory Issues Team at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, was announced Thursday as the agency's ICD-10 ombudsman.

Medicare ACOs saved $411M in 2014, but few earned bonuses

Medicare accountable care organizations generated $411 million in total savings in 2014, but few of the Pioneer and Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs qualified for bonuses in the second year results of the program, according to the latest data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. But the financial metrics only tell some of the story, according to ACO leaders interviewed this morning. 

5 steps to an effective hospital CEO apology

Hospital chief executive officers, take note: If you ever need to apologize for corporate wrongdoing, it's best you look sad while you say you're sorry, according to a new study published in the September 2015 issue of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

The crucial question for Republicans' ACA replacement plans

Now that Republican presidential candidates are beginning to detail their plans to replace the Affordable Care Act, the most important question they must answer is how they'd protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, argues an opinion piece from  Bloomberg.

Could recording surgeries reduce medical errors?

Reducing medical errors is a major priority for the healthcare industry, and now legislators and patient safety advocates are exploring a potential solution to the problem: Cameras in the operating room.

Affordable Care Act could take hit from new accounting rules

​The next major threat to the Affordable Care Act could come from an unlikely, and seemingly benign, source: New accounting recommendations for state and municipal employee pensions.

Electronic mental health, substance abuse records need special care

I have little sympathy for the millions of people who joined the Ashley Madison website that facilitates extramarital affairs and now are dealing with the exposure of their involvement due to hackers. It is naïve in these electronic times to think that there's anything private. But it is disconcerting to think that electronic substance abuse and mental health records are more vulnerable to exposure.