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House committee withholds funds to VA, DoD to spur EHR collaboration

The House Appropriations Committee has opted to withhold most of the funds requested by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to upgrade its electronic health record system until the VA and the Department of Defense make progress on a joint EHR.

Demand for EHR scribes on the rise

The use of scribes to help physicians document notes into electronic health records continues to gain traction, creating a boon for scribe staffing companies.

Court rules ProMedica must dissolve Ohio hospital merger

A federal court this week denied ProMedica Health System's petition to overturn a 2011 ruling by the Federal Trade Commission prohibiting a merger with St. Luke's Hospital in Ohio.

HIT data breaches top patient safety concern

Data integrity failures within health IT systems and care coordination top the list of this year's patient safety concerns, according to the ECRI Institute's "Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations."  

Majority of Americans support mandated contraception coverage

A large majority of Americans--69 percent--believe insurers should have to include contraception coverage in all health plans, according to a nationwide survey of 2,000 people published in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

Private Medicaid expansion a big hit among consumers

Arkansas's Medicaid program, which is expanding through a private option the state pioneered, has proven quite popular--70 percent of the 225,000 Arkansans who are eligible for the federal-state program have signed up for coverage, the state Department of Human Services announced.

Ind. insurance market delivers big profits to payers

There's something about the Indiana insurance market that leads to payers reaping big profits. For example, Indiana is the most profitable state for WellPoint, which is based in the state. But WellPoint isn't even the most profitable insurer in Indiana, reported the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Physician pay mostly flat in 2014

Physician compensation stayed mostly stagnant and even declined for some specialties over the past year, trends that could reflect early changes in reimbursement related to the Affordable Care Act, according to  Medscape's 2014 Physician Compensation Report.

Rural hospitals equal in outcomes, ahead in ED care

Rural hospitals are equal to their urban counterparts in care quality, patient safety and outcomes, and their emergency departments are more efficient and less expensive, according to a new study by iVantage Health Analytics.

Mergers key to community hospital survival

As community hospitals around the country fall victim to declining volumes, shrinking patient care reimbursement and other financial woes, more organizations consider giving up their independent status to align with larger entities to survive.