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Anthem Blue Cross teams with 7 hospitals to launch integrated care program

Anthem Blue Cross and seven hospital groups in the highly-competitive Los Angeles market ann ounced  today that they'll form a partnership to provide a high-quality, cost-effective care. 

ONC takes steps to increase Blue Button use

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT launched two initiatives this week to increase patient access to their electronic health records via the Blue Button project.

Urgent care clinics bring accessibility, affordability

Urgent care retail clinics, which are popping up in droves in New York and around the country because of their convenient, affordable service, make healthcare more accessible to the public,  NY1 News  reported.

Antibiotic stewardship could cut readmissions for infection

Antibiotic stewardship programs guiding individual patient prescriptions could significantly cut readmission rates due to infection, according to research presented at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Medscape reports.

Medicare ACO quality, savings improve in second year

Medicare's Accountable Care Organizations improved in both quality and savings in their second year, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Remove hospitals from equation in battle against Ebola, mission group says

A Christian mission group said hospitals in West Africa facilitated the spread of the Ebola virus and leaders must combat the disease in new and different ways,  NBC News  reported.

Critics say consolidation puts profits before coordination

The desire to better coordinate the delivery of healthcare services may also drive up the cost of that care, Bloomberg  Businessweek  re ported. 

No easy answers: Practicing medicine amid the push and pull of healthcare

I'm not sure if I love it or hate it when this happens, but today's issue of  FiercePracticeManagement  is an example of one that includes more discussion points than clear-cut advice. Many questions raised by these stories surround the idea of influence--identifying it, disclosing it and attempting to control it.

Even after lawsuit, doc says defensive medicine harms care

Involvement in a malpractice lawsuit forever changed the way Ruth Kannai, M.D., evaluated her patients' health risks, she wrote in an article published in the  Annals of Family Medicine.  The family physician compared the way she would handle a situation before the family of a deceased patient sued her versus after--which almost always involved more tests, follow-up and caution than her training or experience taught her was necessary.

Competing pressures put docs between a rock and a hard place

The pressures to reduce costs, avoid lawsuits and please patients increasingly put doctors between a rock and a hard place, according to a recent  arti cle  from  Medscape.