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Two-midnight rule means complications for hospitals, patients

The controversial "two-midnight rule" puts both hospitals and patients in a tight spot,  USA Today  reports.

Experts debate ACA's influence on the nursing profession

A recent article from  gathered information from nurses and experts on the Affordable Care Act, and what effect the healthcare reform law will have on the future of nursing. There's only one thing that's certain: Uncertainty.

U.S. News releases 2014-15 Best Hospitals rankings

U.S. News & World Report has released its annual Best Hospitals rankings for 2014-15.

HHS doles out $100M to spur Medicaid innovation

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services yesterday launched a new initiative, allocating more than $100 million in technical support to collaborate with states to improve Medicaid programs and lower costs.

4 retail strategies for payer success in the consumer-driven marketplace

Many insurers have recognized the need to implement retail strategies in order to better serve their customers in a consumer-driven market.  FierceHealthPayer  spoke with three top execs at Capital BlueCross, Humana and Highmark, who shared their tips for best retail consumer practices.

EHRs simplify identification of patients for clinical trials

Electronic health records can be a boon to conducting clinical trials and recruiting patients to participate, according to a new study in  Health Technology Assessment.

Quick huddle in the OR prior to surgery improves teamwork, communication

A new study in JAMA Surgery validates the value of conducting briefings and debriefings in the operating room.

Will the ACA improve the nation's healthcare ranking?

While the United States' healthcare system is the most expensive of 11 industrialized Western nations' systems, it ranks last in care quality, a June report by the Commonwealth Fund found. But as the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) take shape, they may improve parts of the system that contributed to the low score, according to  Daily Finance.

Hospitals invest in equipment for growing obese patient population

Roughly one-third of Americans are obese, and as the numbers continue to rise, hospitals around the country invest in equipment to accommodate more plus-sized patients, according to

Predictive analytics in healthcare: Are they safe?

While hospitals--such Boston Children's Hospital and El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California--increasingly are turning to predictive analytics to improve patient care and safety efforts, some worry about the legal and ethical implications of using such technology.