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Project ECHO receives significant financial boost from GE Foundation

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a rural telemedicine project launched by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in 2003, just received a significant financial boost from the GE Foundation.

ONC releases five-year roadmap for Health IT Safety Center

A new Health IT Safety Center Roadmap lays out a five-year plan for creating a federal center focused on aggregating data on health IT-related adverse events.

Oregon provider-payer hybrid aims to disrupt healthcare delivery

A 9-year-old health clinic network in Oregon that now is selling health insurance for the first time aims to challenge the healthcare system's status quo with its innovative model.

Hospitals work to capture patient voices to improve healthcare experience

Hospitals frequently turn to patients and their family members for suggestions that they hope will lead to improved quality of care, according to an article in  USA Today.

Most healthcare workers don't follow personal protective equipment-removal rules

Fewer than 15 percent of healthcare workers comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendations for removing personal protective equipment (PPE), according to a study from the  American Journal of Infection Control. Correct removal is crucial to reduce contamination from emerging pathogens like the Ebola virus.

Major health insurers capitalize on population health

Amid consolidation throughout the health insurance industry, major payers continue to focus efforts on the increasingly popular trend of population health, which quickly became a multi-billion dollar effort.

How personal healthcare experiences shaped Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini's career

Even amid his long career in the health insurance industry, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini says management style has been shaped perhaps the most by the time he spent in the hospital at his son's side and as a patient himself.  

Could mega health plan mergers drive down healthcare costs?

There's been concern that the recent mega-mergers proposed by health plans could wind up driving up costs in the provider realm. But that trend could actually lead to counterintuitive results, according to CFO magazine. Instead, the article posited, the mergers could lower costs in the long run.

What you need to know about the evolving retail health market

In this special report, FiercePracticeManagement takes a look at the evolution of retail clinics, the consumer's role in the market and what the future holds for retail health.

Alaska governor bucks lawmakers to expand Medicaid

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a Republican turned Independent who has unilaterally decided to expand Medicaid eligibility on his own. Walker will apply to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) directly, bypassing the Legislature, which has blocked expansion repeatedly, the New York Times has reported.