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Governors weigh options ahead of King v. Burwell

Many governors  at this weekend's National Governors Association winter meeting weighed in on what will happen should the Supreme Court decide that federal subsidies offered as a provision in the Affordable Care Act are illegal .

3 communication strategies to prevent lawsuits

When patients are upset, the best way you can prevent their dissatisfaction from escalating into a lawsuit is to communicate with empathy, according to experts.

CRE superbug spreads to North Carolina, kills two

Hospitals and government officials are racing to address the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant superbug Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which grabbed headlines late last week when reports surfaced that two California patients died after coming into contact with contaminated medical scopes, and now has been linked to two more patient deaths.  

Cybersecurity focus by HHS, other federal agencies 'abysmal'

A new study from The Brookings Institution slams federal agencies for doing a poor job of making cybersecurity part of their strategic plans.

HHS blocks ACA health plans that don't meet minimum value requirements

A health plan without hospital benefits is "is not a health plan in any meaningful sense," the Department of Health and Human Services  announced in a final rule last week. HHS has found that plans that lack substantial hospital benefits do not qualify as "minimum value" coverage under the Affordable Care Act and has blocked such plans from being offered.

Consumer-driven precision medicine gets boost from FDA

President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative promises a "new era of medicine--one that delivers the right treatment at the right time," and seeks $215 million to expand access to genetic data in order to better target disease treatments. But while much focus has been on the implications of the initiatives for healthcare providers, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that for the first time, it will allow a company to market a genetic test directly to consumers.

Progress on obesity rates 'unacceptably slow'

Most nations are not doing enough to address obesity rates, according to a six-part series published in the  Lancet, and governments must rethink their strategies.

California watchdog group: Audit 'repeat offender' hospitals

California-based nonprofit Consumer Watchdog urged Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's office to audit 10 hospitals the state Department of Health has fined $700,000 for adverse events leading to patient death or serious injury.

FDA issues warning about scopes linked to superbug outbreak

Not long after news broke of two patient deaths linked to an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant bacteria Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) at a California hospital, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a warning that the design of a specialized endoscope may impede effective cleaning.

Health IT execs cite lack of expertise to comply with government mandates

Three in five health IT professionals see government mandates as having a negative effect on the industry, according to a report from cloud-services vendor Peak 10. Ninety-four percent said those mandates affect IT strategy, and a majority say they lack the expertise to effectively comply with them.