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Baylor declines Baldrige quality award amid botched surgery allegations

Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano announced it will not accept the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award this April in the wake of accusations a hospital neurosurgeon botched multiple surgeries after drinking or doing drugs, the  Dallas Business Journal  reported.

Intermountain's Marc Probst on interoperability, Meaningful Use and ICD-10

What's holding the industry back from achieving interoperability? One reason is that it lacks the "wow factor," says Marc Probst. The CIO of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, who talked exclusively with FierceHealthIT at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives' CIO forum in Orlando, Fla., this week, said interoperability takes vision and patience.

HIMSS leadership survey touts provider readiness for federal mandates

More than 75 percent of respondents to the survey, released Monday afternoon at the organization's annual conference in Orlando, indicated that they expect to qualify for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use this year.

States pursue tailored Medicaid expansion approaches

Many states continue to consider Medicaid expansion options that would let them tailor the program to fit their priorities and healthcare needs. No matter what approach these states take, a tailored expansion won't happen quickly.

Spinal surgery finances remain behind a very heavy curtain

The indictment of California State Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) on federal corruption charges last week was and is front-page news in my home base of Los Angeles, and it turns out the story has...

Patients push back against hospital facility fees

Patients, fed up with the facility fees that many hospitals and healthcare systems impose on them, may soon refuse to pay the charges, the  Miami Herald  repo rted.

Governors take pragmatic view of ACA

As millions of their constituents gain health insurance coverage, Democrat and Republican governors gathered in Washington, D.C., last weekend acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act is here for the long haul, according to CBS News.

Physicians don't regret selling practices

Challenges related to the Affordable Care Act pushed nearly one-third of physicians who sold their practices within the past three years to sell, according to a national survey from staffing firm Jackson Healthcare. The findings support previous research predicting physicians' 'silent exodus' amid health reform.

Less ER image testing saves money, improves patient safety

In an effort to reduce healthcare costs and improve patient safety, some hospitals and physicians want to use less high-tech imaging in emergency rooms, and look for simpler, lower-risk diagnostic techniques, the  Wall Street Journal  reported.

NJ bill makes restoring hospital power after storms a top priority

A bill in the New Jersey state legislature would make sure that hospitals get power back as soon as possible during emergencies like Hurricane Sandy, according to NJ Spotlight.