Alicia Caramenico

Articles by Alicia Caramenico

'Angelina Jolie effect' lingers over breast cancer

Since actress Angelina Jolie in May explained her decision to undergo a prophylactic double mastectomy to significantly reduce her risk of inherited breast cancer, treatment centers nationwide have experienced a large increase in genetic testing, ABC News reported.

Hospitals embrace reform, worry shutdown will hurt care

Various hospitals groups have expressed disappointment with Congress for not reaching an agreement and are concerned about how the government shutdown will affect care.

Hospitals with unhappy patients still provide high-quality care

Patients who are unhappy with their hospital do not mean the organization will see poor outcomes, according to a study to be published in next week's issue of Risk Management and Insurance Review.

Government shutdown hits HHS hard on exchange opening day

While tasked with running federal health insurance exchanges now open for enrollment, Congress' failure to pass legislation to avert a government shutdown has forced the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to furlough more than half of its employees.

Ready or not: 4 steps to prepare hospitals for healthcare reform

With health insurance exchange opening for enrollment tomorrow, hospitals and health systems should devote sufficient time and energy to this latest healthcare reform change, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported. However, many hospitals are not ready for reform to kick in and have yet to create strategies to identify, educate and help people enroll in coverage through the new online marketplaces, ccording to a September report from PwC's Health Research Institute.

Health exchanges set for uncertain opening day

Health insurance exchanges will to open for enrollment tomorrow amid confusion and intense scrutiny, NPR reported.

Team-based care helps heart failure patients but not doc burnout

Seventy-five percent of hospitals implement team-based care, but a new study finds a team-based delivery model does not reduce physician burnout, MedPage Today reported.

CMS: RACs to delay scrutiny of short inpatient stays

Only days after more than 100 members of the House of Representatives urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to postpone its "two-midnight" rule for hospital inpatient admissions set to take effect Oct. 1, CMS issued guidance on the new policy announcing auditors will delay scrutiny of short inpatient stays for 90 days.

Planes, trains, automobiles ... and hospitals?

Nearly everyone can agree the U.S. healthcare system can use some work, and we've often turned to other industries for inspiration. For example, the car industry and auto-racing have provided...

Healthcare reform funding saved by the vote

In a 100-0 vote, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday cleared the way to debate the House-passed stopgap bill that would fund government operations but cut off funds to the Affordable Care Act, USA Today reported.