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RFID tracking slowly working its way into hospital inventory control

Supermarkets and your refrigerator tend to have the same issue in common: "Best If Used By" labels. If you don't get around to selling or consuming that yogurt or luncheon meat by a...

CMS proposes to trim outpatient payments in 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a modest trim to payments to hospitals for outpatient services and to ambulatory care providers for the 2016 calendar year, as well as a slight revision to the two-midnight rule,  MedPage Today has reported.

Challenges, benefits abound with Aetna-Humana deal

Now that Aetna and Humana became the first two major health insurers to merge, many questions remain about how the two companies will combine their operations and what the deal will mean for the health insurance industry.

Crowdfunding helps more patients pay bills

Crowdfunding continues to take hold as a potential solution for cash-strapped Americans trying to pay for their medical care, the Los Angeles Times has reported. Sites such as Indiegogo have created campaigns specially tailored to people who have personal needs such as paying medical bills, according to the newspaper.

Hospitals shift from episodic care to population health initiatives

New payment structures conceived as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are prompting hospitals to shift away from treating patients on a case-by-case basis to instead adopt a population health model focusing on chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity, the Philadelphia Inquirer has reported.

How hospitals and farms can work together to boost food quality

Because of their buying power and the millions of meals they serve, Oregon hospitals could have a huge effect on local farms if they purchased their food products,  Capital Press  reported.

The argument for an all-payer system

One way to tackle the stubborn problem of skyrocketing, variable and opaque healthcare costs is to move to an all-payer system, according to an opinion piece published by  The Hill.

Hand-hygiene compliance booster: On-the-spot intervention

Organizations can dramatically improve hand-hygiene compliance when infection control personnel provide on-the-spot intervention, according to a study presented at last week's Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology 2015 annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

State auditors slam Blue Shield of California

The California Franchise Tax Board shed some light on why the state revoked Blue Shield of California's tax-exempt status in a biting report it sent to the insurer in June, the  L.A. Times  reports.

CMS to update Hospital Compare rankings with critical access data

After introducing a five-star scale ranking hospitals on patient experience earlier this year, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Hospital Compare site will release a second round of rankings including data for critical access hospitals, according to AHA News Now.