Long before superbug outbreaks tied to a specialized medical scope sickened and killed patients across the country, infection control has been a major priority for hospitals. But while the problems posed by such outbreaks are clear, finding solutions to them--particularly in a seldom-static healthcare industry--is anything but. To help chart a way forward, this special report from FierceHealthcare examines advice from experts and hospital leaders who have learned valuable lessons from the front lines of hospital infection control.
It appears Republicans have a backup plan should the Supreme Court strike down federal subsidies in states that did not establish their own health insurance exchange: A proposal that would cap subsidies at 300 percent of the federal poverty level, limit tax exclusions on employer-sponsored health plans and use state grants in lieu of Medicaid expansion.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, speaking out against a bill included in the 21st Century Cures Act that would result in the dissolution of the Health IT Standards Committee, offers up several ways to accelerate the interoperability of electronic health records in a recent blog post.
Documents that Texas Health Resources withheld from Nina Pham, the nurse suing the company after she contracted Ebola while treating a patient last year, could hurt its defense, according to state District Judge Martin Hoffman.
Insurers that offer Medicare Advantage plans reaped big rewards in February 2011 after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a memo saying it was rethinking a move to ratchet up audits.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) announced that the state has reached a $4.5 million settlement with Aetna following two insurance law violations. It's the largest such settlement in state history.
While the appeal of not having to run a business continues to attract more physicians, various groups urge policymakers to help ensure that hospital contracts don't put employed doctors or their patients at an unfair disadvantage.
The World Health Organization will overhaul its protocols for handling health emergencies after it faced backlash for how it responded to the deadly Ebola outbreak, CNN reports.
Anthem Blue Cross faces a lawsuit after Shima Andre of West Hollywood claimed the insurer refused to cover her hepatitis C treatment she said would cure her infection.
Three of the top academic hospital systems in the U.S. will implement volume minimums on hospitals in their system, which will restrict surgeons from performing procedures they are not experienced with, according to U.S. News & World Report.