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Telehealth may aid in medical tourism, but barriers abound

Medical tourism, with the assistance of telemedicine in the U.S., holds a great many opportunities, as well as myriad challenges, according to Yan Alicia Hong, Ph.D., of the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University.

Population health programs must think beyond clinical measures

To scale their population health management efforts to their specific systems, healthcare providers must think beyond clinical measures and partner with vital resources from inside and outside the industry, according to a new report from PwC.

National Quality Forum launches antibiotic stewardship playbook

With reports suggesting that drug-resistant superbugs could kill 10 million people a year by 2050, healthcare experts have compiled a playbook that offers hospitals across the country tools and solutions to improve antibiotic stewardship.  

Survey: More than half of ACOs will leave if excluded from alternative payment models

Most accountable care organizations reported "significant" ongoing costs of operation and even more plan to leave the program if ACOs are excluded from a federal list of alternative payment models proposed as part of the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

CMS launches new Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to launch a series of "Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks" to strengthen patient safety, improve hospital care quality and reduce readmissions.

VA's proposed rule would give advanced practice registered nurses full practice authority

The Department of Veterans Affairs aims to expand the scope of practice of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who work for the agency in order to provide veterans with greater and timely access to care.

Medicine is a calling, not a job, says Denver Health Medical Center doc

Population health standards of care and quality metrics are of no help to patients or doctors, argues Abraham Nussbaum, M.D., a psychiatrist at Denver Health Medical Center, in a Q&A published by  Kaiser   Health   News.

5 ways family physicians can help curb rising suicide rate

With the suicide rate in the United States reaching a 30-year high, family physicians need to take steps to help patients with mental illness and those at risk for suicide, writes Kyle Jones, M.D., in a perspective piece for the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Little chance of losing personal assets to malpractice suits

The odds of a physician losing his or her personal assets in a malpractice suit are vanishingly low, but the fear of losing it all stubbornly persists, according to  Medscape Business of Medicine.

NY health system's collaborative care program helps patients battle depression

A collaborative care program that incorporates mental health treatment and screening into primary care has helped the country's largest public healthcare system improve depression symptoms in more than half of enrolled patients, according to a blog post for  NEJM Catalyst.