The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week announced that colorectal cancer screening rates--after years of increases--seem to have stalled. In fact, millions of Americans between the ages of 50 and 75, it says, have never been screened. This obviously concerns public health authorities since screening has been shown to reduce death rates.
Health IT products such as electronic health records and clinical decision support systems should be subject to a risk-based oversight framework that weighs factors such as "risk relative to intended use" with the intent to bring about patient safety, according to Scott MacLean, Chair of the HIMSS Board of Directors, and HIMSS President and CEO Steve Lieber.
President Barack Obama apologized Thursday night to the millions of Americans who have received insurance plan cancellations as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his assurances while promoting the benefits of the law that no one would lose their insurance.
President Barack Obama apologized for Americans losing health plans, which insurers will cancel because they don't provide all the benefits required by the Affordable Care Act.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has quietly announced it's considering exempting some labor unions and businesses from paying a temporary reinsurance fee under the healthcare reform law.
So President Barack Obama may be having his worst week--scratch that--worst month ever. After a tense war of words with Republicans over healthcare reform that led to a 16-day government shutdown in...
Patient engagement through social media, which can work wonders for a hospital's public image and YouTube, which has already proved useful in spreading the word about infection prevention, is fertile ground for promoting patient safety.
The Privacy and Security Tiger Team that advises the Health IT Policy Committee on Tuesday discussed the potential launch of pilot projects to test technology for updating accounting of disclosure requirements for protected health information.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has quietly extended a grace period regarding audits and reviews of payments related to hospital stays shorter than the "two-midnight" threshold it established earlier this year, AHA News Now reported.
The war against Medicaid fraud continues but prosecutors in several states are experiencing mixed success. New Mexico has had some initial successes clamping down on mental health providers, but so far regulators in neighboring Texas are stymied in their efforts to collect alleged overpayments.