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Net neutrality vote ensures equality for online health efforts

In ruling, 3-2, in favor of net neutrality Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission declared that there would be no paid prioritization, meaning no "fast lanes" for certain kinds of Internet traffic. While many in the healthcare industry see that as a positive, with a belief that private companies with deeper pockets should not necessarily receive preferential treatment over those with less means, some feel that defining the Internet as a public utility, in essence, already is a first step toward creating a fast lane for health data.

The best strategies for hospital staff engagement

Hospitals and health systems can drive results by improving their employee engagement strategies, argues a Forbes column.

Patient safety report reveals more errors but fewer deaths in Minnesota hospitals

The number of deaths reported via Minnesota's public reporting system for adverse health events last year was 13, it lowest since 2011, according to the state Department of Health's annual patient safety report.

Report: Account-based health plans on the rise, but obstacles remain

Eighty-seven percent of healthcare industry professionals believe account-based health plans (ABHPs) are important to their business, according to a new study from health plan software-as-a-service vendor Acclaris.

ACO chief: Controlling 'super-utilizers' one of the keys to success

Using data analytics to identify "super-utilizers" within a healthcare system is one of the key ways for an accountable care organization to control costs.m accordinf to Sheila Fusé, CEO of Primary Partners, LLC.

3 ways providers can increase access to care

If health systems can harness the "customer orientation of a five-star hotel and the operational discipline of a factory floor," they can improve access to care and in turn boost patient satisfaction and the organization's profitability, according to a recent  Health Affairs  blog post.

Lessons learned from an ACO's successes, struggles

Given the Department of Health and Human Services' recent announcement that it plans to speed up its plans to shift to value-based payment models, it's more important than ever for providers to shift their priorities from volume to value. The CEO of one of the first accountable care organizations has advice for health leaders to map a way forward.

3 reasons to make patient comfort a priority

Patient comfort is becoming a higher priority for hospitals, and the reasons are three-fold: It boosts patient satisfaction, improves outcomes and is the right thing to do.

NIH head: Technology will help drive Precision Medicine Initiative

The path forward for the Precision Medicine Initiative that President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union speech in some respects has yet to be invented, but the time is right for this bold step, writes Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, in a perspective article for  The New England Journal of Medicine.

New Colorado hospital takes neighborhood approach to healthcare

As the goal of healthcare providers shifts from caring for the sick to improving the overall health of the community, hospital design and services have changed dramatically as well. Nowhere will that be more evident than in the planned $177 million St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, Colorado,