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Cigna CEO David Cordani: Deal with Anthem should pass regulatory scrutiny

Despite growing speculation about the regulatory hurdles that the two major health insurance mergers will face, Cigna CEO David Cordani tells  CNBC  that there are several reasons his company and Anthem are confident their deal will win approval.

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.

Calls for relief for rural hospitals continue

The case for saving rural hospitals took center stage in Congress this week, with critical access hospital administrators asking the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee for relief from federal regulations that they say cause more harm than good.

More hospitals turn to 'laborists' to deliver babies

A growing number of hospitals are using OB hospitalists, also called laborists, to deliver babies, according to an article in  Kaiser Health News. Patient satisfaction, attempts to reduce malpractice risk and physicians who want to work for a salary instead of running their own practices are some of the factors driving the trend.

Rhode Island requires insurers to amp up value-based payments

The Rhode Island health insurance commissioner has announced an overhaul of the office's "affordability standards," requiring insurers to increase the percentage of their primary care networks that operate as "patient-centered medical homes" by 5 percentage points in 2016.

Observation status bill sails through Senate

The U.S. Senate this week unanimously approved a bill that would require hospitals across the country to tell Medicare patients when they receive observation care but aren't actually admitted to the facility--a difference that most patients miss until they receive their medical bills

CMS program to reduce hospital-acquired conditions has flaws

The Medicare program that penalizes hospitals financially for failing to adequately reduce hospital-acquired conditions might be backfiring, a new  study  published in JAMA  suggests.

Why surgical checklists often fail

The success of a surgical checklist, designed to be a simple and inexpensive way to cut post-operative infection rates and save patient lives, may depend on a number of factors, including leadership support, how the hospital adapts the checklist and buy-in from the staff who use it, according to an article in  Nature.

Cigna, others launch alliance to fight Cadillac tax

Cigna, the Corporate Health Care Coalition, the National Association of Health Underwriters and several other private and public sector companies and organizations officially launched the Alliance to Fight the 40 Wednesday in an effort to repeal the 40 percent tax on employee health benefits, known as the Cadillac tax. 

3 ways to cut unnecessary readmissions of heart patients

Given the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) financial penalties for hospitals with above-average readmission rates, many organizations seek ways to prevent 30-day readmissions of patients who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), or what's commonly known as angioplasty. Here are three suggestions.