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Medicare to penalize hospitals with highest rate of HACs

More than 700 hospitals are set to have their Medicare payments lowered by 1 percent in the fiscal year 2015 due to failure to reduce hospital-acquired condition rates and meet patient safety benchmarks put in place by the Affordable Care Act.

More states expand authority for advance-practice nurses

More and more states are jumping on the bandwagon of expanding the role of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to improve healthcare outcomes and make up for the looming physician shortage.

How purchasing alliances strengthen hospitals and outcomes

Although hospitals and health systems largely for m alliances and coalitions out of necessity, the arrangements positively impact care outcomes and individual providers, argues a  Harvard Business Review  bl og post.

Federal government, states unprepared for infectious outbreak

The United States is woefully underprepared for potential future disease outbreaks, according to a new report from the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Growing economy good for employer mandate

With the economy on the rise, and more jobs being created, the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate is less unpopular than it once was.

Payers take steps forward with mobile apps in 2014

In a busy year for the healthcare industry, payers tried to move beyond the t echnical glitches and court rulings associated with the Affordable Care Act and focus instead on the ACA's aim to make healthcare more accessible and personal.  To play into this idea of the consumerization of healthcare,  payers have been busy exploring mobile applications that keep members healthy and temper rising healthcare costs.

6 must-know strategies to build a safer hospital

There's no room for doubt that the healthcare industry needs to improve patient safety, Robert Wachter, M.D., told the audience at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's recent forum on the issue--and he has a few ideas about how to go about it.

VA to pilot Watson technology to harness EHR info

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is teaming up with IBM to pilot a study to harness electronic health records to help physicians care for patients. The program will use IBM's Watson technology to study innovative approaches to search EHRs and medical literature for relevant studies in order to quickly collect, combine and present information to help physicians make clinical decisions more quickly and free up their time to spend more of it with patients.

How one standalone hospital thrives in an era of consolidation

At a time when standalone hospitals feel pus hed to form alliances to survive, one California provider has thrived without sacrificing its independence, accord ing to   MedCity News.

Most states fail on physician quality information for second year

Nearly 90 percent of states received a failing grade for transparency of information on physician quality, according to a new report from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute.