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3 reasons retail clinics aren't right for healthcare

The retail clinic business has grown rapidly  over the past several years, drive n by a combination of factors  such as the physician s hortage, lower prices and better cost transparency

CMS' Medicare Advantage Star Ratings on the rise

Overall performance for Medicare Advantage plans with and without prescription drug coverage is on the rise--and the  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  credits its Star Ratings program for driving quality improvement. 

VA program improves access to care for rural vets

An expanded policy now allows millions of military veterans living in rural areas to seek treatment with a private doctor closer to home, in hopes of improving access to care and reforming the now-infamous Veterans Affairs Healthcare System,  NPR  reported.

3 ways to make your OR safer

American Anesthesiology says it has found the secret to turning any operating room into a high reliability organization (HRO) focused on safety.

Hospitals may soon have a Howard Beale moment from patients over charges

The most memorable scene in the iconic film "Network" is when Howard Beale, the deeply troubled news anchorman, exhorts viewers to shout "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to...

Antibiotic stewardship benefits don't last

Positive gains from antimicrobial stewardship programs decline after the program is discontinued, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Do retail clinics hurt preventive care?

The retail clinic business has grown rapidly over the past several years, driven by a combination of factors such as the physician shortage, lower prices and better cost transparency. But the model is the wrong approach to healthcare, argues a piece in The Atlantic.

Texas nurse has Ebola; Did CDC protocols fail?

In the wake of news that a nurse who helped care for an Ebola patient in Dallas tested positive for the virus over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested the possibility of transferring infected patients to one of four U.S. hospitals with special facilities and training for treating highly infectious diseases.

Hospitals, physicians fight for women's equity in healthcare research, delivery

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, KIimberly Skelding, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Geisinger Health System based in Danville, Pennsylvania, discusses efforts by hospitals and physicians around the country to improve equity in healthcare research and delivery.

Commonwealth Fund: 5 ways to improve health IT development, adoption

Several challenges persist when it comes to development and adoption of digital health tools. To that end, a pair of Commonwealth Fund reports published this month outline strategies to boost such innovation, and examine how some organizations currently are taking advantage of new technologies.