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World Economic Forum: Flu, superbugs next big pandemic threats

Amid news that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may be tapering off, global security leaders at this year's World Economic Forum say influenza and drug-resistant superbugs could easily trigger the next major pandemic, Reuters reported.

Medicare ACO results show some success, need for change

The early evidence on accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program indicates that while these ACOs have made some headway in savings and care quality, changes to the program could make them more successful, according to Health Affairs.

Ebola epidemic slows in West Africa as WHO continues containment efforts

Fewer cases of Ebola have been reported in West Africa this past week, but the World Health Organization s aid  public health officials must continue to pursue efforts to curb the deadly virus.

For most hospitals, penalties wipe out quality bonuses

Medicare will award quality bonuses to the majority of hospitals it assesses, but in most cases, other penalties will offset those gains, Kaiser Health News reports.

Hospitals reassess security after Boston surgeon shooting, but is threat overstated?

In the wake of this week's fatal shooting at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, hospitals in the area will revisit their security plans, the Boston Globe reports.  But despite the number of hospital shootings in the news recently, their overall frequency may be overstated, accord ing to   Becker's Hospital Review.

Researchers turn to Twitter to predict heart disease rates

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are turning to an unlikely source to predict rates of heart disease: Twitter.

What will 'precision medicine' mean for providers?

President Barack Obama's comments in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening got the healthcare world abuzz about "precision medicine"--but what exactly that will mean for the industry remains unclear.

5 lessons from hospitals' discharge tools

Hospitals can learn several lessons from the discharge planning process, according to a new case study from the American Hospital Association.

Massachusetts makes headway in malpractice reform

Massachusetts policies have made it easier for patients and providers to avoid malpractice litigation,  Kaiser Health News  reported. 

Tennessee CO-OP freezes enrollment

Another consumer oriented and operated health plan (CO-OP) has ceased accepting new enrollments for the year. Tennessee's Community Health Alliance (CHA) pulled its plans off the state's federally run exchange by freezing enrolling on Jan. 15.