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New standards double Pennsylvania patient-harm reporting

A year after a patient safety agency implemented standardized adverse event reporting procedures statewide, a new report shows improvement in self reporting at Pennsylvania hospitals.

New data shows regional and state-level variations in healthcare utilization, access

States that implemented their own health insurance marketplaces and expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act improved people's access to medical care, according to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics.  

Two groups call for reforms in GME funding to boost primary care

As the country faces a shortage of primary care physicians, two major groups have joined forces to call for a change in the current system for funding graduate medical education.

Abortion doctor files civil rights complaint against hospital for silencing her

A District of Columbia doctor, who performs abortions, has filed a federal civil rights complaint charging the hospital where she works of violating the law by forbidding her to speak publicly about abortion

Separating the Affordable Care Act exchange hype from reality

Combine a drama-hungry news cycle with what one recent study termed a "toxic political atmosphere" surrounding the healthcare reform law, and you get headlines predicting certain doom every time there's even a hint of trouble on the ACA's public exchanges. Thus, this special report takes a look at some of the main "risk factors" influencing the exchanges in order to parse out what's actually worth worrying about.  

Collaborative efforts key to medical error data collection

Adjustments on how the healthcare industry collects data on medical errors, especially those that lead to patient death, must be a "collaborative effort," Institute for Healthcare Improvement Vice President Frank Federico tells  FierceHealthcare in an exclusive interview.

30% of antibiotics prescribed are inappropriate

A study in the  Journal of the American Medical Association  estimates that 30 percent of antibiotics prescribed between 2010 and 2011 were inappropriate.

Proposed MIPS rule needs some serious vetting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week finally unveiled its proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the new Merit Based Incentive...

AHA16: Physician leaders say MACRA has promise, but won't be easy road

WASHINGTON, D.C.--While the government's new physician payment policies are certain to present challenges for doctors, they are at least a step up from the previous law, healthcare leaders said Tuesday during the American Hospital Association's annual conference.  

30% of antibiotics inappropriately prescribed in US

Despite more than 50 years of advocacy for more responsible antibiotic prescribing practices, a study published in the  Journal of the American Medicine Association  estimates that 30 percent of outpatient oral antibiotic scripts in the U.S. in 2010-2011 may have been inappropriate.