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CMS to shorten 2015 attestation reporting period

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finally agreed to give providers a reprieve, announcing that it intends to issue a new rule that would "update" the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs, and shorten the attesting reporting period in 2015 from 365 days to 90 days in order to "accommodate" these changes.

CDC to crack down on laboratory security

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tightening its laboratory security measures in the wake of several major safety mishaps, Reuters reports.

3 ways design can help critical access hospitals

Amid turbulent times for the nation's rural healthcare providers, rethinking design could make critical access hospitals (CAHs) more efficient, according to Healthcare Design Magazine.

Blizzard forces hospitals to get creative

In the face of a roaring blizzard, New England hospitals showed their creativity and their compassion in ensuring continued care for their patients. From police escorts to cross country skis, doctors and nurses did all they could to get to work.

Insurers explain why they opted out of public exchanges

To sell or not to sell? That was the question insurers faced when they had to decide whether or not to sell plans on the Affordable Care Act's public exchange during open enrollment.

Top payers, providers form alliance to promote Triple Aim

Several leading healthcare providers and payers announced a new alliance aimed at hastening the healthcare industry's transition to value-based models that reduce costs and strengthen outcomes.

More hospital competition linked to lower insurance premiums

When it comes to healthcare, competition likely is good for the consumer, according to a report published in the  Antitrust Health Care Chronicle.

How the FTC promotes healthcare competition

The Federal Trade Commission has an important role to play in promoting competition within healthcare, two blog posts from Health Affairs argue.

How much hospital security is too much?

With workplace violence becoming an ever more common threat in the healthcare industry, recent incidents have led hospital leaders to question whether their security plans are strong enough--or if some measures might go too far.

Cigna's purchase of QualCare to heat up competition in New Jersey, nationally

Top insurer Cigna  announced Monday its decision to purchase New Jersey's only hospital-owned source of health insurance, QualCare. The purchase that will make the newly formed company one of the largest insurers in New Jersey.