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EHRs can help hospitals improve Joint Commission survey results

Here's yet another benefit of implementing an electronic health record: They can help hospitals meet the Joint Commission standards for medical record keeping, according to a new article in the Oct. 6 issue of  Inside the Joint Commission.

ONC, FTC commit to collaborate to strengthen health IT competition

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Federal Trade Commission plan to work together to promote competition in the health IT marketplace, the two agencies have revealed.

Texas Health's retraction about EHR flaw may set a dangerous precedent

Is anyone else as concerned as I am about Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas' actions these past few days? And I'm not just talking about the clearly troublesome misdiagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan, who was sent home from the hospital emergency department despite having the Ebola virus. He's now fighting for his life. No, I'm referring to the hospital's waffling of the mistake.

Hospitals ride drug-discount program to big profits

Hospitals actually profit from a drug-discount program developed for low-income and uninsured patients because the program expanded to serve a richer, better-insured patient base, according to a study published in  Health Affairs.  

Open Payments: Will the database help or hurt?

FierceHealthIT  spoke with Glenn Engelmann, senior counsel in the Washington, D.C. law firm of McDermott Will & Emery and a former senior executive with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, about the recently launched Open Payments database.

Dallas hospital treating first Ebola patient may face legal troubles

In addition to the medical challenges of dealing with Ebola, there may be legal trouble in store for the Dallas hospital housing the country's first patient diagnosed with the virus, according to  Texas Lawyer.

Is resistance to Medicaid expansion crumbling?

The lost dollars are whispering ever louder in the ears of Medicaid naysayers. Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was up to states to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable...

States seek solutions to hospital violence

State legislatures aim to reduce a prevalent problem in the healthcare sector: violence against workers.

FDA approves apps aimed at reducing readmissions, enhancing post-op care effort

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has green lighted two telehealth applications both focused on decreasing hospital readmissions by providing physicians with post-hospital patient data while the patient recuperates at home.

Mass. hospitals rethink medical error response

Massachusetts hospitals have stepped up the transparency of their post-medical error apology process, according to New England Public Radio.