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  • House passes SGR fix; Obama pledges support

    The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan permanent repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate formula today in a 402-12 vote. But it's still unclear whether the Senate will vote on the bill before the March 31 deadline. Full story

ACA health center program's future up in the air

The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program, a doctor training program funded by a provision of the Affordable Care Act, is up for renewal this year.

Sleeping-nurse case renews focus on nurse fatigue

The case of Tanya Lemon, a DeWitt, New York nurse whose disabled patient died when Lemon fell asleep on the job, has reignited the debate on how to reduce fatigue among healthcare workers, according to the Associated Press.

Communication lapses between clinicians lead to poor care coordination, readmissions

Communication--or rarely the lack thereof--between hospital clinicians and primary care providers often results in poor care coordination after discharge and a greater chance of patient readmissions, according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Texas Medical Center CEO: Collaboration will drive healthcare industry forward

Many healthcare executives struggle to get a variety of stakeholders to come to the table and adopt a common set of goals, but Texas Medical Center CEO Robert Robbins takes on that familiar task on a far greater scale--and he must do so in a city that faces its own health crisis.

Obama administration launches partnership to speed transition to value-based care

At a White House event Wednesday, President Barack Obama kicked off the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a wide-reaching, public-private collaboration that the administration hopes will speed up the transition to value-based payment models.

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