Out of all the industries included in Twitter's customer service data, tweets aimed at healthcare organizations grew by the highest percentage (132 percent) between March 2013 and February 2015. What's more, Facebook and Twitter are no longer just marketing tools, but an extension of businesses' customer relationship management.
A new law making it a felony to commit acts of violence in North Carolina hospitals could have unintended consequences for patients with mental illness, substance abuse issues or--as is common-- a combination of both, according to the Charlotte News-Observer. The legislation is intended as a bulwark against attacks on hospital workers, which make up 75 percent of workplace violence cases.
Shreveport, Louisiana-based University Health System this week filed a federal lawsuit accusing its competitor, Willis-Knighton Medical Center, of violating federal antitrust laws in its agreement with Louisiana State University.
A federal judge wants St. Luke's Health System in Boise and the Saltzer Medical Group to hand over the details of their plan to unwind their partnership due to anitrust violations, the Idaho Statesman reports
While it's "very generous" of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association to offer identity protection services to all of its 160 million members, the move ultimately it doesn't fix the issue of hackers' troubling ability to access health insurers' customer data, a cybersecurity expert said.
Despite numerous attempts to fix care delays in the Department of Veterans Affairs, the system's patient backlog remains high, and internal politics may be to blame, a whistleblower told the Washington Examiner.
A new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would modify current Stark Law regulations for physician-owned hospitals.
The merger of the nation's two leading military hospitals-- Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Bethesda Navy National Medical Center-- was more than just a joining of two medical institutions, it was a melding of two historical rivals. In spite of early challenges, the two institutions have successfully merged into one and can serve as a blueprint for future challenging mergers and other institutional transformations, according to a blog post for Health Affairs.
There's been so much support and praise for the 21st Century Cures Act, which sailed through the House July 9, that the American Hospital Association's cautionary note about the legislation's enforcement provisions against information blocking may not be receiving the attention it deserves.
Payments to physicians, both from insurance companies and patients, increased moderately from 2013 to 2014, according to research published in Health Affairs. The study, completed by the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation using data from about 15,000 physicians, found physician reimbursement from commercial insurance carriers increased, on average, 2 percent between 2013 and 2014 for established patients and 1.4 percent for new patients.