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Money and medicine: Forever linked?

For better or worse, money and medicine may be inextricably linked, according to a new  paper  in the  AMA Journal of Ethics  by Eli Adashi, M.D. And while not everyone agrees as to the extent money compromises care, attempts to sever the bond have been thus far ineffective,

Getting Congress to understand IoT's promise vital for healthcare innovation

Congress has been a bit slow in getting up to speed on IoT, data security and privacy worries, and even slower on working to keep mHealth technology and Internet innovation advancing while solving hurdles stalling such innovation.

Is it fair to fire a physician and then enforce a noncompete?

A Virginia asthma and allergy specialist has filed a lawsuit against his employer for attempting to enforce a noncompete after firing him without cause, 

Software group lobbies Congress to help drive IoT, mHealth innovation

Mobile healthcare innovation and benefit gains for patients and providers is tied to a clear legal framework for accessing confidential data. That's the message Morgan Reed, executive director of ACT/The App Association, shared with a congressional panel focused on the Internet of Things.

Insurers continue to dodge mental health parity law

Many health insurers continue to dodge covering certain mental health-related costs even after Congress passed the parity law seven years ago, which bans discrimination against treating mentally ill individuals.

National task force takes on opioid abuse

The American Medical Association is leading a task force of 27 major medical organizations united to combat the problem of prescription opioid misuse--an epidemic currently claiming the lives of 44 people in the United States per day.

Cigna CEO David Cordani: Deal with Anthem should pass regulatory scrutiny

Despite growing speculation about the regulatory hurdles that the two major health insurance mergers will face, Cigna CEO David Cordani tells  CNBC  that there are several reasons his company and Anthem are confident their deal will win approval.

A potential weak link in patient safety: ER to inpatient handoffs

Physicians say that patient safety is often at risk because of ineffective communication during the emergency department handoff process when patients are moved to inpatient units.

Calls for relief for rural hospitals continue

The case for saving rural hospitals took center stage in Congress this week, with critical access hospital administrators asking the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee for relief from federal regulations that they say cause more harm than good.

More hospitals turn to 'laborists' to deliver babies

A growing number of hospitals are using OB hospitalists, also called laborists, to deliver babies, according to an article in  Kaiser Health News. Patient satisfaction, attempts to reduce malpractice risk and physicians who want to work for a salary instead of running their own practices are some of the factors driving the trend.