A slew of new investigative reports from the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General raise questions about why the agency waited to publicly disclose allegations of wrongdoing at the country's beleaguered VA hospitals, according to USA Today.
If your hospital wants to create an effective compliance program, it should follow four steps recently outlined by the U.S. Department of Health Services' Office of the Inspector General.
South Carolina may gradually do away with a complex set of rules regulating its hospital industry over the next five years, according to the Post and Courier.
New health information technologies could revolutionize the quality and convenience of future healthcare services, but privacy and security issues, as well as the looming problem of interoperability, must be dealt with first, according to David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund.
To create effective compliance programs, healthcare providers and officials must focus on four major principles, according to new guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General.
Forthcoming rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should strike a better balance between the services offered by Medicaid managed care organizations and the operating profits of the private insurers that offer MCO services.
Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) late Monday unveiled a revamped version of their Medical Electronic Data Technology Enhancement for Consumers' Health (MEDTECH) Act, which aims to exempt low-risk medical software and mobile apps from regulation by the Food and Drug Administration while clarifying which offerings fall under federal authority.
When it comes to medical decision-making, evidence-based algorithms and experience-derived opinions often intersect. And while physicians technically have the authority to weigh these factors in a given patient's context as they see fit, the industry push toward clinical guidelines has steadily intensified over the past several years.
While some hospitals use the old-fashioned concept of the house call to provide better post-discharge care, other organizations take the idea even further by treating certain patients entirely from the comfort of their homes, according to post on the New York Times' Well blog.
Healthcare's need to transition from volume- to value-based care models is a constant refrain in the industry, but the shift has hit a rough patch that demonstrates organizations can't achieve true reform until they change their cultures, according to a Health Affairs blog post.