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David Brailer: Current method of HIT regulation 'faulty,' unsustainable

While health IT has the ability to enable high-value care, its potential has yet to be reached on a broad scale due to a number of different factors, most notably inefficient government policies, according to several industry stakeholders who spoke at an event Wednesday in the District of Columbia hosted by Brookings.

UnitedHealth hysterectomy decision pits payers against providers

UnitedHealth's recent decision to require doctors to get prior authorization before performing most inpatient hysterectomies has sparked a debate about whether insurers or doctors know patients better.

To cut costs and improve outcomes, increase patient activation

Increased levels of patient engagement through patient activation improve outcomes as well as lower healthcare costs, according to a study published in  Health Affairs.

4 reasons hospice, palliative care gaining momentum

A recent study took the healthcare industry to task for failing to provide adequate end-of-life planning and reduce patient suffering, yet there may be hope amid the gloom thanks to an increased emphasis on hospice and palliative care, futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D., writes in an opinion piece for  Hospitals & Health Networks Daily.

ACO lessons from an early adopter CEO

As value-based payment models continue to pick up steam, Sheila Fusé, CEO of Primary Partners, LLC, one of the first accountable care organizations (ACOs) to form, shared her insights at the 2015 OPEN MINDS Performance Management Institute event, according to an executive briefing on the Open Minds website

HIE not 'causally related' to cost improvements, care quality benefits

An examination of health information exchange research published this month in  Health Affairs  determines that despite an increase in the sharing of health data across organizations, benefits on costs and care quality are scarce.

Healthcare industry makes 'clear progress' in Triple Aim measures

The nation's healthcare system has made "clear progress" in improving its delivery of the "Triple Aim" of improved care, improved health and reduced costs, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Rethink the link between insurance premiums and wellness programs

Wellness programs that track physical activity and use incentives to reward progress are seen as a novel way to make health insurance pricing more equitable, but there is a fine line between rewarding personal responsibility and discriminatory pricing schemes.

Chronic care management: 4 steps to implementation

Medicare's new chronic care management (CCM) program offers practices of all specialties a major opportunity to reap revenue from services they've thus far provided for free. With 1,000 qualified patients, a practice could earn an additional $511,200 per year, noted an article from  Medscape.

Texas nurse who contracted Ebola sues hospital chain

Nina Pham contracted Ebola during the care she provided to Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas last year, and is now suing the parent company for the damaged she suffered.