Poll suggests high level of support for price transparency; Academic medical centers can drive up healthcare costs;

News From Around The Web

> More than 87 percent of those queried by a Pennsylvania newspaper poll said that hospitals should post their prices for medical care. The poll was in response to St. Luke's University Health Network's decision to provide such pricing to their patients, Lehigh Valley Live reported. Article

> Academic medical centers and their outsized reputation for providing quality care help to drive up healthcare costs for everyone, Lahey Health Chief Executive Officer Howard Grant, M.D., has argued in an opinion piece in the Boston Globe. Article

Provider News

The rate of drug-resistant E. coli infections seen in community hospitals doubled between 2009 and 2014, with the majority of the infections occurring in healthcare settings, a study by Duke Medicine found. But researchers also found that infection rate among patients with limited exposure to healthcare facilities more than tripled, suggesting further study is needed into community-acquired infections. Article

> Nurses with just a two-year degree are encountering more hurdles to finding a job as many hospitals are looking for nurses with bachelor's or master's degrees, the Wall Street Journal reported. Article

Healthcare IT News

> An audit of the Maryland health insurance exchange found, among the exchange's many problems, inadequate data security and control. Carried out by the state Office of Legislative Audits, the review covered information for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange between June 1, 2011, and July 23, 2014. Article

And Finally... Hospital prematurely declares man dead. Man dies later. Wife sues. Article

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