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AMA calls for more accountability on 'media doctors'

Information provided by doctors in the media has contributed to some difficult conversations with patients, according to Benjamin Mazer, a third-year student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York.

Same-sex marriage ruling will likely increase access to health insurance

The Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide will likely cause a spike in access to health insurance among gay couples.

Cash-strapped hospitals made more progress on hospital-acquired infections

Hospitals that have made the most progress reducing hospital-acquired infections are also some of the most financially constrained, according to Medscape MultiSpecialty.

More secure-messaging systems needed to meet patient demand

Patient demand for easy electronic access to their healthcare providers continues to rise, but practices have more work to do in adopting communications technologies and engaging people in using them.

How not to talk to patients about obesity

Despite the prevalence of overweight and weight-related disease in the United States, "most healthcare providers recoil when they think about counseling patients about obesity," according to Scott Kahan, M.D., medical director of the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent Obesity Alliance.

New Jersey hospital loses property tax exemption

A New Jersey judge has thrown out the property tax exemption for one of the state's not-for-profit hospitals. Morristown Medical Center lost its property tax exemption when Tax Court Judge Vito Bianco had ruled that the hospital had so intermingled its not-for-profit and for-profit business ventures until the two were unrecognizable, according to

Quest for compliance: 3 ways practices can help patients do the right thing

I could have dreamt it, but am nearly positive I could hear the surgical team chatting for a few moments of my 90-minute wrist surgery earlier this year. I had a nerve block preventing any feeling...

How hospitals can balance social media engagement, patient privacy

.While many companies use social media to promote their brand or business, it is often a challenge for hospitals that must balance the need to market their organizations and protect patient privacy in online postings, according to a report in the  Yakima Herald.

Reusable sharps containers may spread C. diff in hospitals

A new study found the rates of  C. difficile  infections, commonly referred to as C. diff, were 15 percent higher in hospitals that use reusable sharps containers than in hospitals that use single-use disposable containers.

AHIP, consumer reps battle over ACA model rules

State regulators part of the Regulatory Framework Task Force at the National Association of Insurance Commission are asking for comments as they plan to update two sets of model rules under the Affordable Care Act.