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Ebola Watch: APIC calls on hospitals to reassess infection control practices

U.S. hospitals don't have the necessary infection prevention staff and departments are stretched beyond capacity to handle the Ebola virus, according to a new survey conducted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology released during International Infection Prevention Week.

States hope to copy Arkansas' private option success

Arkansas has declared its experiment with the "private option" a success--t he state's decline in uninsured was among the best in the country, dropping from 23 percent to 12 percent.  Other states have taken notice.

Regence BlueShield, UW Health to anchor innovation complex in Seattle

Seattle Health insurer Regence BlueShield and the University of Washington Health System will be among the first organizations to join a local complex that aims to foster technology and other innovations that could "transform" the healthcare industry. 

NYC doctor has Ebola; nurses demand increased protection

A New York City doctor who treated Ebola patients in Guinea has tested positive for the virus, the New York Times reports.

Insurers push back against docs' 'Rolls Royce' treatments

As insurers increasingly deny treatment provided to members that they deem isn't medically necessary, some industry experts worry how there is no specific standard in the Affordable Care Act that states who determines what is a medical necessity, reported the  Los Angeles Daily News.

Direct hospital contracting in Maine dramatically cuts costs

Direct contracting by employer groups of hospital services may be a way to dramatically reduce costs.

Use of reference pricing is likely to grow

Reference pricing--a cap on what payers would cover for certain medical procedures--is slowly gaining traction in the healthcare sector, Kaiser Health News reports.

Hospitals that switch to for-profit status do not harm patient care

When not-for-profit hospitals switch to for-profit status, their finances may improve but the quality of care they deliver remains about the same, concludes a new study from Harvard researchers.

Texas Health Presbyterian financial losses become clearer

Following published reports suggesting that Texas Health Presbyterian, the Dallas hospital that accidentally allowed two of its nurses to be infected with the Ebola virus from a patient, had taken a financial hit as a result, Bloomberg has quantified the loss: a 20 percent-plus drop in its revenue and patient census.

Leading by example: Patient experience the Cleveland Clinic way

In an exclusive interview, Cleveland Clinic Chief Experience Officer James Merlino, M.D. explains what led to his personal philosophy of patient experience and how the organization implemented strategies to become a leader in patient satisfaction.