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Highmark defends its pricing

Highmark Inc. has been taking some heat lately over its pricing in West Virginia, where it has no competitors in the HealthCare.gov marketplace.

Not just for patients: Animal therapy benefits ER docs, nurses

Although hospitals have long used therapy dogs to help patients, the animals can also help relieve the stress of emergency room doctors and nurses who must handle life-and-death situations every day.

Urgent care centers compete with EDs for patients

Urgent care centers are drawing patients away from hospitals In Texas, where patients are increasingly opting for the centers for alergy treatments, stitches or x-rays of broken bones as a cheaper, speedier alternative to emergency departments.

3 reasons premiums will keep increasing

There are certain factors at play in the health insurance market that indicate rates not only won't decrease, they will continue to rise, according to  Forbes.

Bundled payments: Lessons learned

As insurers move forward with bundled payment initiatives, they would benefit from learning from the experiences of programs that haven't succeeded, say two policy analyists in new Health Affairs blog.

3 ways hospitals can address healthcare disparities among diverse patient populations

As hospitals around the country try to resolve healthcar e disparities, especially among minority populations,  Massachusetts General Hospital  implemented a series of initiatives to educate providers and staff about communicating with and caring for diverse patient populations, according to an  art icle  in  Hospitals & Health Networks.

Mental health barriers in hospitals lead to standalone urgent care clinics

County health officials in California opened a  mental h ealth  urgent care center in the South Los Angeles this week, in an effort to treat people in immediate crisis, while connecting them with ongoing care,  Kaiser Health News   report ed  in a blog post.

Fed up with violent incidents, hospitals seek to balance security with patient care

The gunfire that erupted in broad daylight outside Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis was the third shooting incident in hospitals this week and the latest in a wave of increasing violence nationwide. Although the shooting shattered windows and glass doors, the emergency room was back to normal operation in less than half an hour

SHOP exchanges struggle to drive down costs

The popularity of small business exchanges is off to a slow start--only two percent of all eligible businesses have explored small business health options program (SHOP) exchanges in the 15 states, plus the District of Columbia, where they're offered under the Affordable Care Act,  reports  Insurance News Net.

CMS releases first Qualified Entity report on provider performance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week released its first public report on provider performance and cost using data from Medicare's Data sharing for Performance Measurement, also known as the Qualified Entity Program.