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States could forestall King v. Burwell outcome, but it won't be easy

Ever since the Supreme Court announced that it will  hear King v. Burwell to determine the legality of the Affordable Care Act's subsidies, there has been a lot of speculation as to how the ruling will play out. Affected s tates could offset the case's outcome by building their own exchanges--but  that's easier said than done.

Mobile devices can enable EHR access but still put info at risk

Mobile devices, such as laptops and smartphones, can enable clinicians to access electronic health records, but many still don't protect the information, despite the vulnerability of the electronic patient information and the many breaches that have been documented, panelists warned at the American Bar Association Health Law Section's 12 th  annual Washington Health Law Summit, held this week in the District of Columbia. 

Gruber apologizes for "glib" Obamacare comments, gets grilled in front of House committee

Jonathan Gruber, a health economist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, apologized Tuesday for his "glib" comments regarding "the stupidity of the American voter" in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Do urgent care centers hurt patients?

Amid the healthcare industry's efforts to reduce the overuse of emergency departments, a new poll indicates too many patients may seek treatment at urgent care centers instead, posing a risk to their health.

Hospitals want Congress to keep ICD-10 on track

Any attempts to delay, again, ICD-10 compliance would be a waste of time and money, and should be opposed, eight healthcare organizations--including the American Hospital Association and the Premier healthcare alliance--stressed to members of Congress in a recent letter.

Most opioids prescribed in office settings, but habits changing

Policy efforts to address the risks of opioid prescribing should focus on office-based settings, as patients receive significantly more painkiller prescriptions for noncancer pain in ambulatory settings than in hospital emergency departments, according to an analysis of medical expenditures reported by  Internal Medicine News.  

Paul Keckley: MSSP ACO proposed rule changes don't go far enough

The changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to the Medicare Shared Savings Program are an attempt to save accountable care organizations but they don't go far enough, says leading health economist Paul Keckley, Ph.D..

Place the blame for high hospital prices squarely on deregulation

"That government is best which governs least" is a quote attributed to founding father Thomas Jefferson. Even if Jefferson almost certainly did not say or write those words, it has been...

How Virginia employers enable nurse drug theft

Despite a state program to in place to keep drug addicted nurses in the workforce, 900 Virginia nurses have been disciplined for theft or abuse of prescription drugs since 2007, according to an investigation by the  News Leader.

Mobile app use top risk for health insurance customers

The top online security risks for health insurance clients, and those using mHealth self-service tools, are excessive mobile app permissions, websites hosted by external providers and third-party code libraries, according to a report from security vendor RiskIQ.