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HIMSS15: Marshfield Clinic shares secret to population health management success

Successful population health management blends predictive analytics, chronic care management, a timely feedback mechanism and measurable outcomes. It's a tall order, to be sure, but at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago, the  Marshfield Clinic offered some insight into making it all work.

Report: Contraception coverage varies across health plans

The Affordable Care Act mandates that most private health plans cover women's preventive healthcare--including all prescribed Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives--without cost-sharing. But not every insurer follows this requirement.

Maple syrup could help curb overuse of antibiotics

New research from McGill University reveals that a concentrated extract of maple syrup combined with common antibiotics increases the microbes' susceptibility, leading to lower antibiotic use, according to an announcement from the university.

Small wellness initiatives, big savings for North Carolina State Health Plan

Even the simplest of wellness initiatives can reap big savings for payers, the  North Carolina State Health Plan said at the Health Information and Management System Society's annual conference in Chicago.

CMS unveils new rating system for hospitals

There are five-star hotels and restaurants, and soon there may be five-star hospitals. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has introduced a new hospital rating system for patient experience that will be based on a five-star scale.

CMS rolls out five-star scale to rank hospitals on patient experience

In an attempt to simplify hospital quality ratings for consumers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has unveiled a new feature on its Hospital Compare website that ranks facilities on a five-star scale, CMS announced Thursday.

Medicare overpaid hospitals at least $2.6 billion

The Medicare program overpaid hospitals $2.6 billion for the treatment of critically ill patients between 2010 and 2013, the  Wall Street Journal  reported.

HIMSS15: IT infrastructure critical to payment, delivery reform, ONC's Karen DeSalvo says

While the interoperability of electronic health records is a high priority for the federal government, it really only is a means to an end, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said in a keynote address at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago Thursday morning.

Nurse leadership program helps hospitals cut costs, improve outcomes

​Critical care nurses who participated in 16-month leadership and innovation training program developed initiatives that helped their hospitals save an anticipated $28 million a year and significantly improve clinical outcomes, according to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Another reason to use Twitter: Tweets can predict emergency room visits

Twitter users who post personal health-related information online may help hospitals predict how many emergency room visits they can expect on a given day, according to new research from the University of Arizona.