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Study: Reference pricing may not reap significant savings

Self-insured employer groups' practice of reference pricing--capping payments for specific procedures--may not reap significant savings, according to a new study by the National Institute for Health Care Reform.

Include caregivers in healthcare process for greater experience

Guest post by Darlene A. Cunha, R.N., a senior healthcare executive who focuses on population health management and the patient caregiver experience. Recently, I attended an interdisciplinary team...

Low-income residents prefer Medicaid over private insurance

For three southern states--Arkansas, Kentucky and Texas--Medicaid expansion popularity continues to grow. Nearly 80 percent of residents in these states favor the expansion and many view Medicaid as comparable to or even better than private insurance when it comes to quality and affordability,  according to a recent study from  Health Affairs. 

Robots not necessarily more cost-effective, safer for surgery

Robots may not be the most effective surgical tools compared to regular minimally invasive surgery, according to new research from Columbia University in the journal  Obstetrics & Gynecology.

IHI announces health improvement coalition

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) announced a new coalition to improve broader patient health by working at the community level.

Ebola outbreak could cost affected nations $32B

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could come with a $32 billion price tag, according to a report from the World Bank.

Heavy antibiotic use in acute care facilities could lead to drug-resistant infections

Despite a push at hospitals around the country and the world to combat rising antibiotic resistance, a new study finds hospitals give patients antibiotics that are more likely to promote drug resistance.

Walgreens, VA partner to give veterans more access to vaccinations

Walgreens and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have joined forces to improve care coordination for veterans by providing flu and other CDC-approved vaccinations.

Nurse-led intervention program didn't improve readmission rates or reduce ER visits

A nurse-led intervention program aimed to reduce readmissions among ethnically and linguistically diverse older patients didn't improve 30-day readmission rates, according to a study in the  Annals of Internal Medicine. 

Study: Electronic messaging should be part of physicians' job description

As participation in patient portals grows, so, too, does the number of electronic messages sent between patients and physicians, showing a need for reimbursement and clinical structures that allow physicians to make use of the tool, according to a study published this month in  Health Affairs.