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Providers' role in pandemic preparedness

Editors from the  American Journal of Critical Care  urges healthcare providers to apply lessons learned through this and previous pandemics toward mitigating the damage of the next big public heal th threat. 

Massachusetts board finalizes EHR proficiency requirements

The Massachusetts Board of Registration of Medicine has finalized regulations that outline how physicians must demonstrate that they're adept at using electronic health records as a condition of maintaining their medical licenses

What providers can learn from infectious disease outbreaks

With the Ebola crisis far from over as a new year begins, both this current threat to global health as well as past infectious disease outbreaks carry important lessons for critical care providers, according to an article in the  American Journal of Critical Care.

The top 5 physician practice newsmakers of 2014

As predicted, 2014 was indeed a busy year for physician practices. A recent post from the American Medical Association's AMA Wire narrowed down a list of the most significant matters affecting providers over the past year.

Aetna wins in dispute with Highmark over Jefferson Hospital

A Pennsylvania judge granted Aetna an injunction against Jefferson Hospital, which sought to terminate its contract with the insurer on Jan. 31.

Study: BP apps require greater oversight due to lack of validation

A vast number of mobile applications promising blood pressure and hypertension management capabilities lack validation and require greater oversight, claims a study published this month in the  Journal of the American Society of Hypertension.

IRS issues new regulations on patient finances, collections

The Internal Revenue Service on Monday released new regulations on how non-profit hospitals collect sums owed by patients.

5 notable health IT headlines in 2014

When it comes to health IT news, 2014 was a whopper. From government turmoil to data breach mayhem, several stories stood out.   To that end, FierceHealthIT examined five of this year's biggest headlines. Read more...

Top healthcare payer headlines of 2014

In this special report,  FierceHealthPayer  examines why each topic made headlines in 2014 and will continue to matter to payers in 2015 and beyond.

ACO rolls swell following penalty reprieve

Closely on the wings of CMS' proposed rule that would give some accountable care organizations a three-year reprieve before they receive penalties for failure to meet performance measures, 89 new ACOs have announced that will join the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in a blog post this week.