|Fewer patients struggle with medical debt|
People across various demographic categories reported improvement in their ability to pay for care. Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013 4:00 am CDT
|ACA likely to produce more hospital consolidation|
Judging by Massachusetts’ experience, a new report predicts a wave of hospital alliances nationwide beginning soon after Jan. 1, 2014. Posted Monday, June 17, 2013 4:00 am CDT
|Global alliance forms to share genetic, clinical data|
Posted Monday, June 17, 2013 4:00 am CDT
|PwC: Pace of Rising Medical Costs Slowing|
Lower-cost healthcare options such as retail clinics and a decline in hospital readmissions are holding the projected increase in medical costs to 6.5%, a full percentage point lower than the 2013 projected rate, says PwC's Medical Cost Trend report.Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013 7:21 am CDT
|Patients Shoulder Nearly 25% of Medical Bills|
Data from the American Medical Association details the costs of medical billing complexity on patients and physicians, who are put "in the awkward situation of having to ask patients for money," says an AMA board member.Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013 6:38 am CDT
|Opinion: Sharing EMRs still too hard|
The average patient can't fathom why the sharing of electronic medical records is so hard. But those inside healthcare aren't thrilled either with the state of electronic record interoperability, as several smart discussions at this week's Digital Healthcare Conference in Madison, Wis., showed. "If we're this far into this implementation across the country, and we still have this level of discordance, shame on us," said Dr. Frank Byrne, president of Wisconsin's St. Mary's Hospital. "How did we get here and how do we get out? Because we've created barriers
Epic CEO and founder Judy Faulkner highlighted some of the obstacles to data sharing, from patients wanting to control such sharing, to difficulty training clinicians, to the many technical challenges. Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013 6:14 am CDT
|The Discipline of Success|
If the health care environment gets as tough as many experts predict, who is going to best weather the storm? There are a few strategic rules of the road that are likely to apply. Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:00 am CDT
|Docs Give Sunshine Act a Gloomy Forecast|
Come Aug. 1, vendors will start collecting data on their financial relationships with doctors and teaching hospitals, and that info will go public in a little over a year. Doctors grumbled and groused over some of the particulars of the so-called Sunshine Act at the American Medical Association's Annual Meeting Monday. Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:00 am CDT
|New Ways to Beat an Old Problem|
Patient falls have been an age-old problem in hospitals. As H&HN Editorial Director Mary Grayson points out though, sometimes a little old-fashioned detective work and homegrown know-how are all you need to find a solution. Posted Monday, June 17, 2013 12:00 am CDT
|Vendor Relationships and Your Medical Practice|
Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013 3:46 pm CDT
Vendor relationship management, done with purpose and thoughtfulness, can benefit any medical practice - large or small.
|Why the U.S. Healthcare System is not Broken|
Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:14 am CDT
It’s not healthcare, it’s sick-care, and it’s not a system, so it can’t be broken.
|High Number of Physicians Feel They Lack Financial Planning Info|
Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013 9:00 am CDT
A recent report reveals many doctors feel they don’t know enough about personal finances. We're here to help.
|OVERNIGHT HEALTH: House passes late-term abortion ban|
The House approved a national late-term abortion ban Tuesday in the strongest congressional move against abortion rights since 2003. The bill from Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) garnered 228 "yea" votes, including six from Democrats. Opposing the measure were 196 members, including six Republicans. At least one GOP member had vowed to oppose the bill because it includes exceptions for some rape and incest victims.
Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013 6:10 pm CDT
|House passes late-term abortion ban|
Just six Democrats voted for the measure in a 228-196 vote, while six Republicans opposed it.
|GOP lawmaker cites fetal masturbation in defense of late-term abortion ban|
Rep. Michael Burgess justified the proposed ban, arguing that fetuses as early as 15 weeks experience physical feeling.Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:31 pm CDT