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Health-cost burden easing for many U.S. patients

For the first time in more than a decade, U.S. adults are reporting a decline in financial strain related to their medical bills, according t o  a new study from the Commonwealth Fund.

Let's cut hospital IT teams some slack on mHealth efforts

The advent of mobile healthcare in hospital settings is coming on the heels of likely the biggest tech challenge such institutions faced in decades: the implementation of electronic health record systems. And while it seems natural to expect hospitals to embrace mobile healthcare with enthusiasm, and do it well given the federal government's EHR efforts, that apparently is not the case.

Contract issues could spell trouble during MU audits

Physicians and hospitals are facing difficulties during Meaningful Use audits because of unanticipated contract issues related to physician's assignment of incentive payment to the employer, according to attorney Matthew Fisher, of Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

FDA draft guidance tackles regulation of general wellness devices, medical device accessories

Draft guidance documents published Friday morning by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in compliance with actions outlined in its FDASIA Health IT Report, propose both to regulate medical device accessories based on risks they present when used as intended with their parent devices and not regulate products intended only for general wellness.

Does wearing scrubs off the job spread bacteria?

Healthcare workers wearing their scrubs in public places outside work settings may pose infection risks, according to Newsworks.

BREAKING NEWS: CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to resign

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner plans to resign, effective at the end of February, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell wrote in an email this morning obtained by  FierceHealthPayer. Andrew Slavitt, principal deputy administrator, will take on the role of acting administrator.

Schumer to sponsor renewal of rural hospital aid programs

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is pushing to renew two federal grants to rural hospitals set to expire at the end of March, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.

FSMB head: Efficient, interoperable technology necessary for telemedicine success

Current healthcare technology must be more efficient and interoperable for telemedicine to truly become ubiquitous, according to Humayun Chaudhry, president and CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards.

Nurses want solution to 'epidemic' of workplace violence

Members of the National Nurses United union are joining a growing number of industry voices that decry the increasing amount of violence that healthcare workers face on a daily basis, reports  ABC  News' Tampa, Florida, affiliate.

Despite controversy, Sunshine Act backers look to expand law's reach

Requiring healthcare providers to disclose their financial relationships with healthcare manufacturing companies has been a step in the right direction for transparency, but the information has to cover more types of providers and be put in better context in order to improve the quality of care and stem spiraling healthcare costs.