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Covering all preventive tests leads to higher utilization, costs

As insurers are covering more preventive tests and screening, as required by the Affordable Care Act, two financial experts question whether such coverage actually incurs additional costs for the companies.

Community health centers embrace EHRs, collect occupational health info

Community health centers are making significant progress in adopting electronic health records, according to the latest data from HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration.

Hospitals using Meaningful Use med measures report fewer adverse drug events

Hospitals in Florida that implemented the medical management measures required by Meaningful Use reported significant drops in adverse drug events, according to a new study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Ebola outbreak worsens as scientists search for source of virus

As the two American missionaries who contracted Ebola while in Liberia recover at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports the outbreak is worse than previously thought--and controlling the virus is especially difficult because researchers don't know the source, according to  Fox News.  

Discrimination accusations plague insurers

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act was meant to stop insurers from discrimination against consumers with pre-existing or expensive-to-treat conditions. Yet many critics worry new barriers from healthcare insurers continually lead to certain bias,  reports the Associated Press.

Train nurses in mental health issues earlier to close care gap

Training nurses in mental health issues earlier in their education could help close the gap in mental healthcare, as well as better equip nurses to deal with mentally ill patients,  accor ding to   Nurse.com. 

ER marketing: Health system uses mailers to advertise heart attack care

As some hospitals across the country turn to old-school marketing techniques to bring in targeted patients, a Tennessee-based hospital chain uses mailers to alert patients about what emergency department (ED) to turn to if they have a heart attack, the  Tampa Bay Times  reported.

CMS to compensate docs' care coordination for chronically ill

Amid evidence that better care-coordination means improved outcomes, and fewer mistakes and costly hospitalizations, the Obama administration issued a policy change whereby the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Sericies will pay physicians a monthly fee to coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries with two or more chronic conditions, the  New York Times  reported.

Patient-centered medical home model not one-size-fits-all

The patient-centered medical home is touted as a way to revitalize primary care in a post–Affordable Care Act world, but there isn't necessarily one best method for practices to adopt the model, according to a study published in the  Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Small practices keep more patients out of the hospital, study finds

The healthcare industry often considers small physician practices the underdogs when it comes to having the resources to put robust systems into place, but a new study published in  Health Affairs  suggests that offices with fewer doctors provide higher-quality care.