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Medical marijuana poses dilemma for docs

Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states and counting, but physician attitudes toward the idea of pot as medicine remain mixed.

Termination of employee for accessing EHR deemed unfair labor practice

Missoula Montana-based Rocky Mountain Eye Center is fighting a ruling that terminating an employee for improper access to its electronic health record is an unfair labor practice under the National Labor Relations Act.

Joint Commission announces care-integration certification

The Joint Commission has announced a new certification for integrated care, which assesses how well healthcare providers incorporate care transitions, hand-offs and information sharing during patients' transitions between hospital and outpatient care environments

Maryland settlement with health exchange operator still awaits approval

The $45 million settlement between Maryland and Noridian Healthcare Services regarding the state's debacle with its online health exchange still must be approved by federal and state authorities before it goes into effect.

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs: Deadlier than previously thought

A new study presents some troubling findings when it comes to the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs in hospitals across the country. The antibiotic-resistant bacteria, once thought to be less "fit" than other strains, in fact survive better and cause more deadly infections, according to the findings. 

Florida hospital's response to sewage spill inadequate, threatened public safety

Venice Regional Bayfront Health's response to a large sewage spill in the post-surgical orthopedic wing of the facility was inadequate, according to a report from the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration. 

With #FixEHR, AMA fine-tunes its Meaningful Use reboot strategy

The American Medical Association has kicked its fight against poorly operating electronic health records and the Meaningful Use program up a notch, in a rather novel way.

$48B Anthem, Cigna deal could come this week

Anthem and Cigna's acquisition saga may finally bear fruit, as the two companies are poised to announce an approximately $48 billion deal this week.

Massachusetts nurses call for end to hospital violence

A union that represents Massachusetts nurses is pushing for the passage of a bill that would require healthcare providers to partner with unions to create a comprehensive workplace violence program, according to a report in the  Boston Business Journal.

Bill would block Massachusetts insurers from sharing private health info

A recently introduced bill in the Massachusetts legislature would prevent insurers from sharing private health information with anyone except the patient it concerns when several people are covered through one plan.