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Do differences in physician and NP training impact patient care?

As  more states expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners  in an effort to combat the growing  physician sho rtage,  Remapping Debate   expl ores  the differences in training between the providers and whether those differences impact patient care.

Affordable Care Act may lower liability insurance costs

The effects of expanded private coverage and Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act go beyond health insurers to other liability insurance companies, namely, auto insurers, a new report from the Rand Corporation finds.

Racial, wealth coverage gaps close among children

The percentage of children without insurance fell from 9.7 percent in 2008 to 7.5 percent in 2012, largely due to public programs like Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Physicians, specialty groups warn released CMS data lacks context

Many specialty groups, such as the American Medical Association, and individual physicians object to the federal government's release of data on doctors' Medicare payments.

HIT policy committee approves best practices for proxy access to EHR data

The Health IT policy committee this week gave a green light to recommendations from its privacy and security Tiger Team that empower patient personal representatives (proxies) for adults with view/download/transmit (VDT) permissions for protected health information. Such permissions as they pertain to adolescent patients will be discussed at a future meeting.

Medicare doc data reveals million-dollar earners

One doctor earned nearly $21 million in 2012 from Medicare, according to an Associated Press analysis of the physician payment database that the Obama administration made available to the public early Wednesday.

Mammo debate: Is it time to push the reset button?

Two opinion papers published this week in the  Annals of Internal Medicine  argue that it's time to start thinking differently about the issues associated with breast cancer and mammography screening, particularly with each side of the breast screening debate bringing up the same arguments based on data from old trials.

3 strategies to cut prevelant HAI infection

Hospitals should follow three strategies to reduce the risk of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), according to recommendations published in  Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Payers value patient needs in device coverage decisions

Limited data does not prevent payers from covering high-risk devices, concluded a new study commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Specialty drug use high among exchange enrollees

New enrollees who purchased coverage through state and federal marketplaces are more likely to use specialty medications, such as those used to treat HIV/AIDs and hepatitis C, than people enrolled in commercial health plans, Express Scripts research finds.