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How providers can curb unnecessary care with a 'do no harm' campaign

When two doctors started the Do No Harm Project at the University of Colorado-Denver, it was simply because they recognized that healthcare overuse is "an urgent ethical issue" in the medical field, said co-founder Brandon Combs, M.D., in a Thursday webinar hosted by the Lown Institute.

Obama signs SGR repeal bill as medical groups react to CMS warning

President Barack Obama made it official and permanently repealed the sustainable growth rate formula by signing a bill passed by the Senate earlier in the week, the Associated Press reports.

HIMSS15: Data-informed post-acute care choices save Advocate Health Care $200M

Advocate Health Care is using data analytics to risk stratify their entire patient population--a departure from the traditional approach of focusing on the most costly-to-treat patients. Execs from the country's largest ACO outlined the program at a HIMSS session this week. 

Do hospitals care too much about patient satisfaction scores?

Patient satisfaction is a key agenda item for hospitals in the post-Affordable Care Act landscape, but the industry may place too much importance on the issue, argues  The Atlantic.

HIMSS15: Marshfield Clinic shares secret to population health management success

Successful population health management blends predictive analytics, chronic care management, a timely feedback mechanism and measurable outcomes. It's a tall order, to be sure, but at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago, the  Marshfield Clinic offered some insight into making it all work.

Report: Contraception coverage varies across health plans

The Affordable Care Act mandates that most private health plans cover women's preventive healthcare--including all prescribed Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives--without cost-sharing. But not every insurer follows this requirement.

Maple syrup could help curb overuse of antibiotics

New research from McGill University reveals that a concentrated extract of maple syrup combined with common antibiotics increases the microbes' susceptibility, leading to lower antibiotic use, according to an announcement from the university.

Small wellness initiatives, big savings for North Carolina State Health Plan

Even the simplest of wellness initiatives can reap big savings for payers, the  North Carolina State Health Plan said at the Health Information and Management System Society's annual conference in Chicago.

CMS unveils new rating system for hospitals

There are five-star hotels and restaurants, and soon there may be five-star hospitals. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has introduced a new hospital rating system for patient experience that will be based on a five-star scale.

CMS rolls out five-star scale to rank hospitals on patient experience

In an attempt to simplify hospital quality ratings for consumers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has unveiled a new feature on its Hospital Compare website that ranks facilities on a five-star scale, CMS announced Thursday.