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5 steps for hospitals considering affiliation

Affiliation is not something providers should rush into, according to Becker's Hospital Review. Here are five steps boards must consider before signing a deal. 

National Institutes of Health pubs final genomic data sharing policy

A finalized policy on genomic data sharing was published online Wednesday in the  Federal Register  by the National Institutes of Health. According to the NIH, the aim of the policy is to "promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures" that improve health quality and protect participant privacy.

Malpractice dangers lurk in every nook of EHR use

Electronic health records pose an array of dangers for physicians in terms of potential malpractice claims, according to a  Medscape  article.

Another Pioneer ACO drops out of program

Sharp HealthCare in San Diego dropped out of the Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization program, citing fundamental flaws in the program, according to the company's third quarter financial statement.  

VA scandal: Full OIG report finds "unacceptable" lapses within Phoenix faciity

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General yesterday released its full report on potential obstruction of justice within the Phoenix VA. The report found "unacceptable and troubling" negligence at the facility involving care coordination, follow-up, continuity of care and quality.

California nurses call on hospitals to follow CDC protocol after Ebola scare

California nurses called on federal, state and county health agencies to strictly follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for treating Ebola, after a Sacramento hospital admitted a patient suspected of being exposed to the virus,  FOX 40  reported. 

Prevent employee time theft with clear policies

Worried that your employees spend too much time slacking off? Institute clear policies that spell out exactly how you expect staff to spend office time and what activities are prohibited, advised Joseph S. Eastern, M.D., a New Jersey–based dermatologist,  Oncologypractice.com  reported.

Malpractice settled through DA&O still reportable to National Practitioner Data Bank

Despite the benefits of "disclose, apology and offer" programs as a faster, less costly alternative to malpractice litigation, physicians in states with DA&O laws must still report payouts made on their behalf to the National Practitioner Data Bank,  Medscape Medical News  reported.

Wording flaw in ACA linked to subsidy debacle

A wording flaw in the Affordable Care Act is causing outrage from many who drafted the healthcare reform law five years ago, reports the  Los Angeles Times. 

OIG report: No evidence care delays caused VA deaths

An Office of Inspector General investigation found no evidence that veteran deaths at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital were the direct result of care delays, according to the Associated Press.