States require insurers to include a wide array of essential health benefits in their plans, making it challenging for insurers to sell plans across state lines, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Hospitals and their medical staff have different ideas of how well the facility meets hand-hygiene guidelines, according to a new survey of infection preventionists, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
With healthcare breaches becoming routine, there's a thriving black market for medical identity information. And criminals are using the information in a variety of ways, according to a Fortune article.
A false alarm with a patient suspected to have E bola at a Massachusetts medical practice last week prompted an outcry for more guidance as to how offices should respond to the threat, the Boston Globe re ported.
The recent high-profile death of Joan Rivers after an outpatient end oscopy procedure has brought more attention to safety concerns at surgical centers and other ambulatory settings, though it's an issue that has been on regulators' radar for some time, according to an ar ticle from Crain's New York Business.
The Ebola debacle at Texas Health Resources, and the possible role of the hospital's electronic health record system in the misdiagnosis of patient Thomas Eric Duncan, has spurred questions and action regarding how to improve EHRs in screening for the disease.
As hospitals prepare to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding by October 2015, computer-assisted coding (CAC)tools will become increasingly important, so much so that, according to a new HIMSS Analytics report, they have the highest growth potential out of 25 support service applications.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework would be "more useable and more prescriptive" for healthcare entities if it gave more specific guidance on implementation, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's Lee Kim.
Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) pledged a "broad discussion" on the Department of Veterans Affairs' role in mental health research after the revelation that the Waco VA facility wasted millions, according to the Associated Press.
Health officials said the revised, stricter guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are more stringent and will help prevent further spread of the Ebola virus, according to CBS News.