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Medical marijuana poses dilemma for docs

Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states and counting, but physician attitudes toward the idea of pot as medicine remain mixed.

Traditional-plan enrollees most satisfied with coverage in 2014

Individuals enrolled in traditional health insurance plans in 2014 were more satisfied with their coverage and care than those enrolled in either consumer-driven health plans or high-deductible health plans.

Hospitals pay big price for lack of Medicaid expansion

There is a constituency paying a steep price decisions not to expand  Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act: local and regional hospitals, and often facilities that serve the public.

Physicians paid very little to improve care

The Affordable Care Act and the move from volume-based to value-based care was supposed to transform how the industry paid providers. But little has changed, according to a new  study  in the  Annals of Family Medicine, 

Most 2012 Minnesota ED visits were unnecessary

More than 1 million emergency department visits in Minnesota during 2012 may have been preventable, according to a report from the state Department of Health.

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs: Deadlier than previously thought

A new study presents some troubling findings when it comes to the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs in hospitals across the country. The antibiotic-resistant bacteria, once thought to be less "fit" than other strains, in fact survive better and cause more deadly infections, according to the findings. 

Aetna exec bridges the gap between marketing and technology worlds

In an effort to bridge the gap between the marketing and technology worlds, companies like Aetna have begun to emphasize the role of chief marketing technologist.

Straight healthcare providers unconsciously biased against LGBT patients

Whether or not they realize it, heterosexual healthcare providers are biased against LGBT patients, a new study published in the  American Journal of Public Health  found, but how those biases affect care is unclear.  

Florida hospital's response to sewage spill inadequate, threatened public safety

Venice Regional Bayfront Health's response to a large sewage spill in the post-surgical orthopedic wing of the facility was inadequate, according to a report from the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration. 

Population health, end-of-life lessons from Pioneer ACO Atrius Health

In this exclusive interview, Atrius Health VP Emily Brower discusses two key lessons the Pioneer accountable care organization has learned since its involvement in the Medicare shared savings initiative: Why its vital to embrace population health management and the importance of end-of-life care discussions with patients.