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Complex observation-status rules complicate patient care

The convoluted nature of Medicare's rules on observation status and follow-up care has significant financial implications for beneficiaries, according to a study from the American Association of Retired Persons

Asian, US providers share similar IT adoption concerns

From concerns about costs to validation and effectiveness, providers in Asia share many of the same worries as their U.S. counterparts when it comes to implementation of information technology in healthcare.

How do hospital CEOs define population health?

Population health management is a concept embraced by the healthcare industry, but because there is no real uniform definition of the term, George Washington University's online Executive Master of Health Administration program decided to ask healthcare leaders their opinions on what it really means.

Doctor defends CMS' star rankings of hospital patient satisfaction scores

Though some industry groups have criticized the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recent rollout of a five-star scale to rank hospitals on patient experience, Ashish Jha, M.D., thinks the move is a sensible one that makes quality ratings far more consumer friendly, according to a post on the  Health Care Blog.  

Report: Drug plan regulations hurt consumers

Negotiating drug plans, benefits and costs is a competitive process. It's  meant to control costs, but it ends up hurting consumers,  according to a report from the National Center for Policy Analysis. 

The outsourcing explosion: Hospitals turn to outside firms to provide more clinical services [Special Report]

In this special feature,  FierceHealthFinance  examines the financial benefits of outsourcing and how to avoid potential pitfalls.

CDS tools can reduce ordering of imaging tests

Clinical decision support in electronic health records can cut down the amount of diagnostic radiologic imaging ordered, according to a new study in the  Annals of Internal Medicine.

BCBSMA approves mastectomy coverage amid policy confusion

An updated Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts policy blindsided a patient recently because it would not cover the full cost of a her mastectomy, saying removing the breast without cancer was unnecessary.

Secrecy about superbugs could put patient safety in jeopardy

The all-too-common secrecy surrounding superbug outbreaks at U.S. hospitals undermines promising strides the healthcare industry has made in the push for transparency, the  Los Angeles Times  reports.  

EEOC's proposed wellness program guidelines up for debate

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission  issued proposed rules last week for employer-based wellness programs which aim to reconcile guidelines under both the Affordable Care Act and Americans with Disabilities. However, the guidelines may be up for debate with other federal agencies.