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Ebola epidemic slows down, but public health officials prepare for new threat

​The Ebola outbreak in Liberia is now showing signs of slowing down, but U.S. public officials aren't necessarily breathing a sigh of relief as they now must prepare for the next health disaster, the Associated Press reports.

House GOP files lawsuit, attacks Obama's hand in ACA implementation

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)  announced Friday that the House of Representatives filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, claiming the White House violated the Constitution while implementing the healthcare reform law, reports  The Wall Street Journal.

Watchdog group: Audit California hospitals' adverse events reporting

A watchdog group called on California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to audit hospitals for medical errors in the wake of a local news report that found details on such events are not readily available.

Did CMS go far enough with its CT lung cancer screening decision?

CT lung cancer advocates are breathing easier now that the  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a preliminary decision to cover low-dose CT lung cancer screening for eligible patients. Still, there are some provisions of the decision that have left many observers wondering whether the CMS decision went far enough and whether it will enable everyone who could benefit from screening to actually get screened.

Executive order stops short of insurance for immigrants illegally in U.S.

President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration reform stopped short of offering healthcare coverage to people who are in the U.S. illegally, but the action should make it easier for them to obtain insurance.

Hand-hygiene strategies for healthcare workers--what really works?

The problem of inadequate hand hygiene has persisted in hospitals partly because traditional strategies, such as awareness posters, have "grown stale," while inherent flaws in other initiatives, such as urging patients to remind clinicians to wash their hands, have limited their effectiveness, according to a research article from  BMC Infectious Diseases.

Keep HIPAA practices in mind in face of Ebola

As the Ebola virus continues to make headlines in the U.S., hospitals must be prepared to protect potential patients' privacy, or face millions of dollars in fines as well as a government investigation, according to an article in  MedCity News.

Mergers and acquisitions: A 2015 forecast

Things aren't always as they appear. This adage is particularly applicable to the future of healthcare mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Statistically, healthcare M&A deals are down in 2014 compared to the previous year, but experts say anecdotal evidence paints a more promising picture of the market in 2015.

Former hospital CFO pleads guilty to false MU attestation

Joe White, former chief financial officer at Tyler, Texas-based Shelby Regional Medical Center, pleaded guilty Nov. 12 to making a false statement to the government in order to obtain incentive payments under the Medicare Meaning Use program.

NYC official warns public hospitals can't handle uninsured on their own

New York City's richer private hospitals must do a better job of caring for the city's uninsured population, a state health official warned, according to the New York Daily News.