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Unnecessary testing drives up cost of cataract surgery

A recent study in the  New England Journal of Medicine  suggests that clinicians vastly overprepare patients for cataract procedures, driving up costs dramatically.

Open platforms, collabortation future of mHealth

Mobile healthcare will give power to patients and consumers and should not be viewed as a disruptive force, but as a collaborative technology, NavisHealth Chief Operating Officer Jon Mello tells  mHealth News. 

Is this mHealth's Uber Moment?

By John DeGaspari There's no question that Uber, the car-service start-up, is giving the traditional taxi industry a run for its money. But truly disruptive ideas have a way of making themselves...

Tool compares EHR data to improve medication reconciliation

The structured and unstructured data in an electronic health record can be harnessed together to improve medication reconciliation and detect discrepancies between medication orders and patient adherence, according to a new study in  BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.

Insurance coverage varies among patients with cancer

An analysis of data from nearly 689,000 patients with cancer found that rates of insurance coverage vary greatly by demographics and by cancer type, according to  Cancer, the journal of the American Cancer Society.

How Anthem is realigning the oncology reimbursement system

FierceHealthPayer spoke with Jennifer Malin, staff vice president of clinical strategy at Anthem, to discuss how the insurer's Cancer Quality Care Program is realigning the oncology reimbursement system. 

AHA15: Burwell, Bradley among big names who highlight trends and challenges at annual conference

Many of the biggest names in healthcare attended this week's American Hospital Association (AHA) annual meeting to talk about the accomplishments, political concerns and strategies to overcome...

Kaiser, Intermountain to participate in U.S. News' hospital evaluation initiative

Kaiser Permanente and Intermountain Healthcare will participate in the U.S. News & World Report Hospital Outcome Data Disclosure Program, a new initiative designed to better evaluate hospitals and give patients a thorough picture about the hospitals in their communities, the publication announced.

Clinical ethicists bridge doctor-family communication gap

In the healthcare business, situations inevitably arise where clinicians disagree with one another or clinicians and patients' families disagree on the best course of action, which is where clinical ethicists come in, according to  Medscape.  

Diabetes patients cost $10,000 more annually, claims data shows

It costs $10,000 more annually to treat Americans with diabetes than it does to treat those without the chronic disease, according to a Health Care Cost Institute  analysis of claims data.