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Hospitals, CIOs call for increased patient identifier action in interoperability roadmap

Hospitals and health system CIOs both stressed the need for patient identifiers in comments sent late last week to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on its draft roadmap.

Ebola fears spurred 'unprecedented' hospital prep

Even as the threat of Ebola recedes, the healthcare sector's experiences last fall as it faced a possible American outbreak created a need for unprecedented planning within the industry, according to two studies published in the  Journal of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

OSHA updates guidance for hospital violence prevention

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued updated guidance for protections against workplace violence for healthcare workers, as violent incidents continue to plague healthcare providers.

Brokers try to focus less on employer, more on individual

With the possibility of  more employers shifting their employees onto the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges, health insurance brokers are now shifting their focus from the employer to the individual.

CMS urges Senate to pass SGR fix before cuts take effect

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services urged the Senate to permanently repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula before April 15 so that doctors won't face cuts in Medicare reimbursements, according to  The Hill.

Provider-payer battles: Are value-based payments, price transparency to blame?

The financial pressures associated with the seismic change taking hold in the healthcare industry may be behind high-profile disputes between healthcare organizations and insurance companies, according to  Becker's Hospital Review.

Bipartisan proposal aims to fix individual mandate

While  opponents of the Affordable Care Act have been quick to judge the individual mandate, three Republican Congressmen have crafted a proposal that aims to address the issues surrounding the individual mandate by building on past bipartisan efforts.

Meaningful Use alignment efforts may drive docs, hospitals apart

There is no doubt that different stakeholders will have varying views about the proposed rule implementing Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program. But ironically, the rule, which is intended to further align two particular groups of stakeholders--physicians and hospitals--may actually drive them away from each other.

Blue Shield of California pushes nonprofit insurers into spotlight

Now that Blue Shield of California has lost its tax-exempt status and owes tens of millions of dollars in state taxes annually, industry experts predict that other large nonprofit insurance companies could be scrutinized over how they serve the public.

After collapse of Prime deal, other interested providers may step up

After Prime Healthcare Services withdrew from its purchase of California's embattled Daughters of Charity Health System, several other potential buyers have expressed interest, according to the  San Jose Mercury News.