With the economy on the rise, and more jobs being created, the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate is less unpopular than it once was.
In a busy year for the healthcare industry, payers tried to move beyond the t echnical glitches and court rulings associated with the Affordable Care Act and focus instead on the ACA's aim to make healthcare more accessible and personal. To play into this idea of the consumerization of healthcare, payers have been busy exploring mobile applications that keep members healthy and temper rising healthcare costs.
There's no room for doubt that the healthcare industry needs to improve patient safety, Robert Wachter, M.D., told the audience at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's recent forum on the issue--and he has a few ideas about how to go about it.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is teaming up with IBM to pilot a study to harness electronic health records to help physicians care for patients. The program will use IBM's Watson technology to study innovative approaches to search EHRs and medical literature for relevant studies in order to quickly collect, combine and present information to help physicians make clinical decisions more quickly and free up their time to spend more of it with patients.
At a time when standalone hospitals feel pus hed to form alliances to survive, one California provider has thrived without sacrificing its independence, accord ing to MedCity News.
Nearly 90 percent of states received a failing grade for transparency of information on physician quality, according to a new report from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute.
Consumers are hesitant to participate in employer wellness programs, fearing that their health records will be on public display, reported Bloomberg. Nearly 80 percent of large employers offer wellness programs. About a third of them assess employees a fine if they choose to not participate.
The rise in popularity of ambulatory surgery centers as an alternative to hospitals have made safety concerns about the facilities difficult to ignore, according to a Kaiser Health News article.
December appears to be the month of the patient portal study.
Hospital chaplains' efforts to prevent the spread of Ebola have gone largely ignored in the frenzy over the deadly virus, according to Religion and Politics.