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Hearing loss linked to much higher healthcare costs

Older patients with hearing loss may also be losing something else: Their money. Patients between the ages of 55 and 64 who had a hearing loss had healthcare costs that were 33 percent higher than those without hearing loss, according to a recent study.

Free clinics pay role in defraying cost of care for insured patients

Community clinics are stretching themselves to provide one more service: Helping to defray the out-of-pocket costs of insured patients.

Best practices for care coordination [Special Report]

In this special report,  FierceHealthcare  examines best practices for care coordination to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place and at the right time. 

CMS shares IT requirements for CPC+ program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, on a webinar Thursday, laid out IT requirements for practices and vendors looking to participate in the agency's Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative, announced earlier this month.

Study finds communication breakdowns between radiologists, referring docs

Breakdowns in communication between radiologists and referring patients could put patients at risk, according to the results of a new study presented this week at the American Roentgen Ray Society's annual meeting in Los Angeles.

Simple steps to address physician burnout

Increased patient loads and a growing administrative bureaucracy have contributed heavily to physician burnout, but practices may be able to make doctors' lives a lot easier by making some relatively minor changes, according to an article in  Physicians Practice.

CDC sounds suicide alarm, reports a 24% surge in cases

Every 13 minutes, someone in the United States commits suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the surge in cases is worrisome, researchers say.

How the ACA's 'dependent care mandate' hurts the exchange market

One of the main reasons Affordable Care Act exchange plans are losing money could be the fact that one of the ACA's own provisions prevents them from attracting enough healthy enrollees, according to a post from  Forbes  contributor Robert Book.  

Informed consent process needs reform

It's time to revise the informed consent process and create a reasonable-patient standard through shared decision-making between physicians and patients, according to a viewpoint piece in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

Officials warn Wisconsin hospitals to be on alert for new bacterial outbreak

A new bacterial outbreak, dubbed Elizabethkingia anopheles, has emerged in southeastern Wisconsin and area hospitals must be extra vigilant, according to  Hospitals & Health Networks