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RWJF: Essential benefit requirements vary widely among states

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.

Hospital perceptions of hand hygiene clash with reality

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.

Medical identity theft proves lucrative in myriad ways

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.

CDC urges stronger Ebola precautions for physician offices

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.

Joan Rivers' death renews scrutiny of office-based surgeries

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.

Suggestions wanted, provided in improving EHRs to better screen for Ebola

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.

Computer-assisted coding market 'ripe' for growth as ICD-10 looms

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.

NIST cybersecurity framework needs more guidance on implementation

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.

Texas congressman announces probe of waste in Waco VA

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.

NIH: Revised guidelines will help prevent Ebola spread in US

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.