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ER visits on the rise due to Medicaid expansion

Emergency room visits are on the rise in states that expanded Medicaid, according to a nationwide study conducted by the Colorado Hospital Association. But ER visits drop among young adults who now have insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  

McDonald offers overview of VA scandal fixes

Robert McDonald, the new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, outlined his plans to consolidate and streamline the VA system in a news conference Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports.

US hospitals have highest administrative spending costs in the world

U.S. hospitals have the highest administrative costs in the world, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

Weak mobile device security bodes big risk for hospitals

Only slightly more than half of healthcare employees (59 percent) are using full-disk encryption or file-level encryption on mHealth computing devices used at work, according to a new Forrester research report.

CMS reverses decision, will publish hospital error data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reversed its August decision to stop publicly reporting data on several hospital-acquired conditions and it will resume public reporting of data on HACs such as foreign objects left in patients' bodies, according to USA Today.

Why CMS should reimburse for secondary imaging interpretations

The comment period for the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule ended last week and radiology and imaging-related organizations expressed their concerns about a number of issues, such as the potential for significant reimbursement reductions in radiation oncology services. One area of particular interest to these organizations has to do with the payment for the secondary interpretation of images.

Rad organizations express concerns over proposed Physician Fee Schedule

The American College of Radiology and other imaging- and radiology-related organizations have submitted comments expressing a number of concerns about the proposed 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

BYOD trend in healthcare requires providers to shore up security

The advent of bring-you-own-device to work in the healthcare segment is spurring hospital and medical facilities to shore up device, data and systems security and it's not proving easy or quick to do, says a healthcare software development expert.

Harry Greenspun talks mHealth trends, industry obstacles and future innovations

Consumer demand will propel mHealth technology innovation with strong and stable adoption tied to providing convenience to users and providers, says Harry Greenspun, senior advisor at Deloitte's Center for Health Solutions.

Study: Low Dose CT lung cancer screening saves lives, cuts costs

Low-dose CT lung cancer screening is cost-effective and saves lives, according to a new study in  American Health and Drug Benefits.