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Last call for consumers to purchase ACA coverage

The special enrollment period began Sunday for millions of Americans who did not yet purchase health coverage for 2015 and were hit with federal fines for not having insurance--but i t's unclear how many people know that they can take advantage of the opportunity.

ACHE 2015: Value-based care models heighten need for science-based measures

In today's rapidly changing industry, the healthcare quality movement's main challenge is to "reduce the noise and increase the signal strength" of measures used to assess hospitals and healthcare systems, National Quality Forum CEO and President Christine Cassel, M.D., said during a luncheon Monday at the 2015 Congress of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Realignment of Texas cancer screening funds attacks both women and hospitals

Although the United States has seen a rise of women political figures such as Hillary Clinton and Loretta Lynch, it remains a remarkably difficult place for women in many walks of life. For every...

Brookings: Mobile tools driving improved care, treatment in emerging nations

Mobile healthcare technology, tools and devices are boosting patient care and treatment strategies, from preventing maternal health issues to battling Ebola, in Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone in Africa. In a new report published by the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings, Darrell West, VP and director of Governance Studies and founding center director, outlines several case studies where mHealth is making a valuable difference while also identifying the substantial challenges requiring attention.

Cost for treating enlarged prostate can vary by 400 percent

UCLA researchers examined the various treatment pathways for an enlarged prostate and found that although they all had similar outcomes, costs can vary by as much as 400 percent. 

WEDI: Blue Button awareness improving 'slowly'

The Blue Button initiative is beginning to catch on, according to the latest survey from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.

2015 ACHE Congress: Healthcare industry needs strong, diverse leadership

The American College of Healthcare Executives kicked off its 2015 Congress in Chicago with a celebration of diverse healthcare leaders, a call for more progress in improving patient care and an update on the political climate in the nation's capital.

HHS: 16.4 million Americans gained health insurance under ACA

About 16.4 million Americans have gained health insurance coverage since implementation of the Affordable Care Act,  according to data released Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). "This is the largest reduction in the uninsured in four decades," noted HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Ebola outbreak: 10 American aid workers under voluntary isolation after potential exposure

Although the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has subsided, the deadly virus is far from finished. As many as 10 American aid workers were flown from Sierra Leone to the United States for observation this weekend after they were possibly exposed to Ebola.

Post-ACA, more hospitals explore shared decision-making

More providers are open to shared decision-making after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which provides incentives for the practice, according to  Kaiser Health News.