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Massachusetts makes headway in malpractice reform

Massachusetts policies have made it easier for patients and providers to avoid malpractice litigation,  Kaiser Health News  reported. 

Tennessee CO-OP freezes enrollment

Another consumer oriented and operated health plan (CO-OP) has ceased accepting new enrollments for the year. Tennessee's Community Health Alliance (CHA) pulled its plans off the state's federally run exchange by freezing enrolling on Jan. 15.

Erroneous med errors 'sail through' CPOE systems

Nearly 80 percent of erroneous medication orders could be entered in computerized physician order entry systems, and more than half "sailed right through," with little or no difficulty or warnings, according to research published at  BMJ Quality & Safety.

EHRs help pinpoint where children lack immunizations

Electronic health records can be used to pinpoint areas where a significant number of children lack vaccinations, according to a new study from Kaiser Permanente.

6 keys to become a more transparent, safer hospital

Transparency is the antidote to many of the problems that plague healthcare, and increasing it will lead to better outcomes, greater satisfaction and reduced costs, according to a report issued by the National Patient Safety Foundation's Lucian Leape Institute.  

Healthgrades announces winners of clinical excellence award

Healthgrades announced more than 250 recipients of its 2015 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. According to a whitepaper released by the company, recipient hospitals tended to share several performance outcomes.

UPMC, Highmark drama to impact pregnant women

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) parted ways with Highmark last year, but a new obstacle has surfaced. Pregnant women who have independent obstetricians not employed by UPMC or Highmark's network and who choose to deliver at UPMC-Magee will not be covered by the entities' continuity agreement.

Hospitals work to address community needs in compliance with ACA

A provision of the Affordable Care Act has hospitals in low-income areas such as Southeast Michigan working to address unmet community health needs, Crain's Detroit Business reports.

ACOs working hard to prove they're not second coming of HMOs

The growing number of payer-led accountable care organizations (ACOs) continues to remind healthcare industry observers of the rise and fall of the health maintenance organization, but a more nuanced approach to capitation should make the ACOs different.

An interview with K.B. Forbes, advocate for the uninsured

A recent study in Health Affairs had some eyebrow-raising data. A nearly decade-old law on the books in California regulating how much hospitals can charge uninsured patients has helped to...