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Texting beneficial for heart disease patients

Texting supportive reminders regarding lifestyle choices to patients with heart disease can help improve treatment results, reveals a new study; however, further research is needed to determine if such benefits continue once the texting stops.

BCBSA launches massive claims database

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has launched a massive database that will include cost information from all 36 of its participating health plans.

3 skills most docs learn on the job

While medical school curriculums are beginning to make changes to better prepare physicians for the realities of healthcare today, practicing physicians are left to their own devices to hone several of these skills.

How hospitals can maximize the full potential of infectious disease specialists

Hospitals that use their infectious disease specialists only to reduce hospital-acquired infections and prevent the spread of contagious diseases aren't maximizing their full potential, according to a blog post at  Hospital & Health Networks Daily. 

3 challenges to hospital innovation--and how to fix them

As innovation becomes an increasingly vital part of the healthcare landscape amid rapid change within the industry, several obstacles may keep efforts at innovation from taking off, according to  Executive Insight.

Surgeons call patient follow-ups via portals, face-to-face 'equally effective'

Online communication via a patient portal was a preferred follow-up method for surgery patients, according to research published online in the  Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Insurers turn to nurses to power care coordination

​Health insurers have taken the trend of payer-provider collaboration a step further, adding more nurses to their ranks than ever before.  

Aging population: Hospitals must consider growing number of patients without advocates

As the population ages, the healthcare industry must step up its attention to geriatric and palliative care--and that includes preparing for patients who cannot voice their own wishes and have no family or advocates to do it for them.

Federal judge says hospitals should have more time to comment on two-midnight rule

A federal judge has thrown out a facet of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed two-midnight rule, meaning its implementation could be delayed again.

Pope Francis wants Catholic hospitals to increase care for poor

During his historic visit to the United States, Pope Francis has urged operators of Catholic hospitals--which are among the biggest and most powerful of American healthcare providers--to increase their charity care for poor patients, USA Today has reported, and at least one Catholic healthcare system CEO, Ascension Health's Anthony Tersigni, is listening.