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3 ways to sell your hospital on sustainability

Despite popular perceptions that sustainability measures will financially drain hospitals and health systems, they can drive savings when organizations take certain steps, according to a new report from the University of Pennsylvania.

Superbug outbreak spreads, but FDA won't take device off the market

The controversy surrounding medical devices blamed for spreading drug-resistant superbug  Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae  (CRE) shows no sign of slowing down, as the outbreak now has spread to two more hospitals amid news that some of the devices were sold without federal approval.

Improvements needed in dissemination of clinical effectiveness research

While the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has made some progress in disseminating comparative effectiveness research as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, it needs to do more, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

GOP introduces bill to protect employee wellness programs

Republican Senate and House leaders introduced a  bill  Tuesday to protect Affordable Care Act-approved employee wellness programs from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The bill aims to "eliminate confusion" among employers who offer wellness programs to their employees.

David Brailer: Current method of HIT regulation 'faulty,' unsustainable

While health IT has the ability to enable high-value care, its potential has yet to be reached on a broad scale due to a number of different factors, most notably inefficient government policies, according to several industry stakeholders who spoke at an event Wednesday in the District of Columbia hosted by Brookings.

UnitedHealth hysterectomy decision pits payers against providers

UnitedHealth's recent decision to require doctors to get prior authorization before performing most inpatient hysterectomies has sparked a debate about whether insurers or doctors know patients better.

To cut costs and improve outcomes, increase patient activation

Increased levels of patient engagement through patient activation improve outcomes as well as lower healthcare costs, according to a study published in  Health Affairs.

4 reasons hospice, palliative care gaining momentum

A recent study took the healthcare industry to task for failing to provide adequate end-of-life planning and reduce patient suffering, yet there may be hope amid the gloom thanks to an increased emphasis on hospice and palliative care, futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D., writes in an opinion piece for  Hospitals & Health Networks Daily.

ACO lessons from an early adopter CEO

As value-based payment models continue to pick up steam, Sheila Fusé, CEO of Primary Partners, LLC, one of the first accountable care organizations (ACOs) to form, shared her insights at the 2015 OPEN MINDS Performance Management Institute event, according to an executive briefing on the Open Minds website

HIE not 'causally related' to cost improvements, care quality benefits

An examination of health information exchange research published this month in  Health Affairs  determines that despite an increase in the sharing of health data across organizations, benefits on costs and care quality are scarce.