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How a BYOD policy can help a hospital's bottom line

Bring-your-own-device strategies can help healthcare providers avoid the costs of giving mobile devices to all staffers, as well as costs related to training employees on such tools, according to Gerard Nussbaum, director of technology services at management consulting firm Kurt Salmon.

CMS will seek ways to make up for risk corridor shortfall

A new memo from the federal government emphasizes that it intends to find a way to make up for future shortfalls in the Affordable Care Act risk corridor program.

CMS proposal discourages PSA testing by linking it to quality

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing to tie physicians' recommendations for screenings for the prostate-specific antigen for non-recommended patients to their quality scores.

Many solutions proposed for opioid epidemic, but no easy answers

Few physician practices have escaped the implications of substance addiction--a public health crisis so prevalent that it afflicts nearly 10 percent of Americans during some point in their lives, according to new research published in  JAMA Psychiatry..

Why docs won't hang up their white coats

Considering all the details that go into the practice of medicine, what clinicians wear to work has garnered a significant amount of attention and controversy. At the center of the wardrobe debate: the doctor's white coat. While the coat has evolved into a symbol of professionalism, the notion that the coats undermine infection control has led some physicians to hang them up, according to an article from The Boston Globe.

Aetna's Mark Bertolini, Cigna's David Cordani weigh in on mergers, drug costs

Though they are both pursuing mergers with other companies, Cigna CEO David Cordani and Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini recently expressed very similar ideas about the benefits of health insurer consolidation and the importance of shifting to value-based payment models.

When children get the wrong diagnosis, it really hurts

If the three-year-old in your office is screaming and indicating that her stomach hurts, it's difficult to tell whether she ate too much candy or her appendix is threatening to burst. Diagnosing and treating children is hard work--and mistakes lead to delayed or inappropriate treatment. Mistakes are also far from rare. 

CMS was right to hold off on CJR health IT quality measure

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is very keen on moving away from a fee-for-service healthcare system to value based reimbursement in order to improve care coordination and reduce...

Docs name obstacles to meeting Stage 3 care coordination criteria

A new study in the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association  finds that obstacles could hinder physician efforts to meet electronic care coordination criteria in Stage 3 of Meaningful Use. 

VA scandal: Department unveils plan to consolidate private doc networks

The embattled Department of Veterans Affairs is set to unveil the New Veterans Choice Program, its plan to combine its private physician networks to Congress, according to the Washington Post.