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ICD-10 delay: How docs can capitalize

Healthcare providers--and practice managers, in particular--would be wise to take advantage of the most recent ICD-10 delay, not by shifting their focus to other projects, but instead shoring up potential areas of weakness, according to family physician Stephen Spain.

Why 'systems engineering' is crucial to healthcare delivery transformation

A report published in May by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology calls on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to transform healthcare nationally by engineering a "robust" health information infrastructure. Following up on that report, researchers from the National Quality Forum in the District of Columbia who helped pen the document have outlined and dissected the report's recommendations.

NP autonomy expands in Kentucky

Nurse practitioners (NPs) in Kentucky can prescribe routine medications without a doctor's involvement starting this week--if they completed a four-year collaboration with a doctor,  Kaiser Health News  reported.

HIMSS Analytics: Infection, lab outreach IT tools poised for growth

IT tools that allow hospitals to reduce infection incidences, help with lab outreach services and improve patient acuity are among the top IT applications poised for growth, according to a new report by HIMSS Analytics.

Two-midnight rule means complications for hospitals, patients

The controversial "two-midnight rule" puts both hospitals and patients in a tight spot,  USA Today  reports.

Should insurers cover sex-reassignment surgery?

Now that Medicare is covering sex-reassignment surgery, transgender advocates have set their sights on getting all insurers to include the controversial medical procedure in their health plans, Politico reported.

Kentucky NPs can prescribe meds

As of this week, nurse practitioners in Kentucky will have the authority to prescribe routine medications if they complete a four-year collaboration with a doctor.

AHA wants speedy end to RAC backlog lawsuit

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and other hospitals and health systems suing the federal government over adjudicating disputed Medicare claims in a timely manner have become more assertive in their lawsuit.

GAO: Most insurers met MLR requirements

More than 75 percent of insurers met or exceeded medical-loss ratio standards in 2011 and in 2012, spending enough of their premium dollars on medical services to avoid paying rebates to consumers under the healthcare reform law, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Big data's burgeoning healthcare role causes increased legal, ethical concerns

From Facebook to the doctor's office, our information is continually being collected and analyzed. Now the question lies in what data should be accessible, and by whom.