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Study finds imaging appropriateness criteria should be modified, expanded

A review of appropriateness criteria of outpatient abdominal and pelvic CT and MRI exams published in  Academic Radiology  has found that of the exams matched with American College of Radiology appropriateness criteria, a high percentage were appropriate and more likely to lead to significant results than inappropriate studies.

Dueling editorials argue merits of CMS LDCT lung cancer screening coverage

With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services poised to make a decision about coverage of low dose CT screening for lung cancer, two editorials published online last week in  JAMA Internal Medicine  took another look at an issue that continues to generate a lot of controversy.

THR Chief Clinical Officer testifies to Congress about EHR changes in wake of Ebola situation

Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations on Oct. 16, Texas Health Resources Chief Clinical Officer Daniel Varga spoke about electronic health record documentation and updates made to the hospital's system in the wake of treatment for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week.

Ebola: Legal implications for hospitals, healthcare workers

To find out the legal implications Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas may face in the wake of the latest Ebola-related incidents--and the legal rights of the medical workers who face the greatest risk as they care for patients with the illness-- FierceHealthcare spoke with Karen Evans, R.N., J.D., an attorney with the Johnnie Cochran Law Firm in the District of Columbia.

Obama appoints "Ebola czar"

President Barack Obama may appoint an "Ebola czar" to o help the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention oversee the federal government's response to the deadly virus in the United States, according to  The New York Times.

CHIME, HL7 applaud ONC road map, JASON task force recommendations

Health industry groups expressed optimism following the Oct. 15 meeting of the federal government's Health IT Policy and Standards committees to discuss a draft interoperability road map unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. In particular, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and Health Level Seven International (HL7) viewed the road map as step in the right direction. 

California hospital shuts down ORs after patient infections

Orange County, California's third-largest hospital has suspended all elective surgeries after four patients developed infections following orthopedic surgery, according to the Orange County Register.

HHS official calls for tougher audits of Medicare Advantage plans

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should implement tighter audit standards to prevent Medicare Advantage plans from using unfair billing practices that lead to excessive reimbursements, a senior official with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services told the Center for Public Integrity.

LGBT advocates: Tie Medicare, Medicaid money to nondiscrimination policies

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is calling on the federal government to require that hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid money adopt policies banning discrimination against patients based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Federal advisers share comments, concerns about draft interoperability road map

In presenting an updated version of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's draft interoperability road map to a joint meeting of the federal Health IT Policy and Standards committees on Wednesday, Erica Galvez, ONC's interoperability and exchange portfolio manager, made clear that many efforts going forward will be about balance and tradeoffs.