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Pricey compounded drugs come under scrutiny

What does a $1,600 custom-made diaper rash treatment, $8,500 scar-reduction cream and a $2,300 pain-relieving salve all have in common? Their price tag, and more often than not, healthcare insurers are left to pick up the expensive bill for compounded medicines,  reports the  New York Times.

Though a 'ravenous beast,' health IT transforming population health

Technology to power population health management is improving, but still has a ways to go to truly fulfill its promise, according to three panelists who will be speaking at the Health IT Summit in Seattle next week.

Patient flow model helps independent community hospital improve length of stay, culture

One independent community hospital in Illinois adopted a new patient-flow model that reduced length of stay, bolstered hospital culture and improved patient flow, according to an article in  Hospitals & Health Networks.

Hospitals around the world take extra precautions against Ebola

As concerns increase over the Ebola outbreak, hospitals across the globe take precautions that go beyond experts' recommendations, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Robin Williams' suicide shines spotlight on depression, healthcare services and treatment options

I'll never forget my first--and only--panic attack. About 18 years ago, while driving over the Tobin Bridge that crosses the Mystic River in Boston to head home after covering a healthcare...

MACPAC: Medicaid enrollees do not overuse the ER

The Medicaid population uses hospital emergency departments at a higher rate than patients with other forms of insurance, but for the most part such visits are necessary, according to a new report from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Advisory Commission.

8 ways to standardize reimbursement

Without primary care physicians embracing the Affordable Care Act, transitions in American healthcare won't be easy. For starters, that would require payment alignment. 

Hospitals must screen for superbugs like CRE or face deadly consequences

Hospitals must do a better job screening for antibiotic-resistant superbugs or face potentially deadly consequences.

Medical errors up 70% in Massachusetts while patient safety improves nationwide

Massachusetts acute care hospitals saw a 70 percent jump in serious medical errors and patient injuries in 2013, an increase health officials attribute to expanded definitions of what constitutes medical harm, the  Boston Globe  reported.

EHR use correlates with predicted, reduced mortality

Hospitals with greater electronic health record capabilities can better predict and decrease mortality rates, according to a new study published by HIMSS Analytics.