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Highmark: Insurers should embrace telemedicine

Pittsburgh-based Highmark recognizes the importance of technology. That's why the insurer decided to cover online visitis via Iagnosis, a telemdermatology solution, for 5.2 million of its members.  FierceHealthPayer  spoke with Donald R. Fischer, M.D., Highmark senior vice president and chief medical officer, about the insurer's deicision to cover this service, as well as some of the obstacles that may plague insurer's to follow in Highmark's footsteps.

Optimize patient flow: The key to reducing readmissions

Despite many hospital's efforts to reduce readmissions, penalties for excessive readmissions reached an all-time high this year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will levy fines to 2,610...

Key demographics lack health literacy, risk not receiving care

President Obama has suggested that shopping for health insurance on Healthcare.gov would be like purchasing plane tickets--fast and easy.  But for many Americans, purchasing health insurance is anything but. 

How California medical errors slip under the radar

Records for hundreds of medical errors that occurred at California hospitals are not readily available to the public, according to an investigation by  NBC Bay Area.

The tobacco use objective: Meaningful, or just blowing smoke?

Meaningful Use is supposed be, well, meaningful. But sometimes what's good in theory doesn't translate very well in practice.

How to Ebola-proof your hospital

​Hospitals have had to improvise in recent months to put together a plan to treat patients with the deadly Ebola virus, and although there is no tried and true model, the Associated Press reveals key principles gleaned from clinics in Africa and the few full biocontainment facilities in the U.S.

Brokers see increased shift of employees to private exchanges

With looming healthcare costs on the rise,  employers continue to shift their employees to a private exchange. In 2014, nearly 3 out of 4 brokers had clients who stopped providing coverage for their employees and told them to purchase their own health insurance, according to a recent survey from Benefitter.

NYC official warns public hospitals can't handle uninsured on their own

New York City's richer private hospitals must do a better job of caring for the city's uninsured population, a state health official warned, according to the New York Daily News.

Johns Hopkins releases ethics report for modern-day nurses

A new report from the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics highlights a number of ethical issues facing nurses in the healthcare industry, in the wake of the first National Nursing Ethics Summit at the university earlier this year as well as the world-wide Ebola virus hype.

Research based on EHR data needs to account for, remove bias

Screening analyses using electronic health record data need to be refined to reduce the risk of bias and prevent "spurious" findings, according to a new report in  eGEMs (Generating Evidence and Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes).