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Insurers and hospitals clash over out-of-pocket expenses

Insurers have a bone to pick with certain New Jersey hospitals. Bayonne Medical Center, in particular, is reaping the benefits from the state's regulation that restricts balance billing,  reports  Healthcare Dive.

Insurers brace for ACA audits

Regulators will soon conduct audits to determine whether payers comply with the Affordable Care Act, according to an article in  LifeHealthPro. 

California mulls ending some Medicaid estate recoupments

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) could make California one of the first states in the nation that would preemptively block collections from the estates of deceased patients who receive ordinary Medicaid benefits, Kaiser Health News reported

3 ways hospitals can address healthcare disparities among diverse patient populations

As hospitals around the country try to resolve healthcar e disparities, especially among minority populations,  Massachusetts General Hospital  implemented a series of initiatives to educate providers and staff about communicating with and caring for diverse patient populations, according to an  art icle  in  Hospitals & Health Networks.

ONC advisers pinpoint HIE problems

The governance subgroup of the federal government's Health IT Policy Committee this week pinpointed problems in the health information exchange ecosystem based on several factors, including severity and commonness, the impact on private and secure exchange and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's ability to solve such problems.

Cleveland hospital dropped HAI rates with hand-washing campaign

MetroHealth Medical Center  in Cleveland, Ohio reduced  hospital-acquired infecti ons (HAIs) and raised  ha nd-washing  compliance to 97.6 percent across various clinical units,  The Plain Dealer   rep orted.

5 steps for hospitals considering affiliation

Affiliation is not something providers should rush into, according to Becker's Hospital Review. Here are five steps boards must consider before signing a deal. 

National Institutes of Health pubs final genomic data sharing policy

A finalized policy on genomic data sharing was published online Wednesday in the  Federal Register  by the National Institutes of Health. According to the NIH, the aim of the policy is to "promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures" that improve health quality and protect participant privacy.

Malpractice dangers lurk in every nook of EHR use

Electronic health records pose an array of dangers for physicians in terms of potential malpractice claims, according to a  Medscape  article.

Another Pioneer ACO drops out of program

Sharp HealthCare in San Diego dropped out of the Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization program, citing fundamental flaws in the program, according to the company's third quarter financial statement.