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How hospitals are staying competitive in a changing healthcare environment

The Affordable Care Act has driven the consolidation of hospitals and medical practices as well as changes in compensation, transforming the way community hospitals operate. One such change is the emerging trend of non-equity collaborative arrangements. These partnerships give hospital leaders the benefits of a larger network while maintaining independence. Indiana University Health, a nationally

Survey of physicians shows declining satisfaction with EHRs

A new report from AmericanEHR Partners and the American Medical Association (AMA) based on a survey of physicians, shows that compared to five years ago, more physicians are reporting being dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their EHR system. The survey on Physician Use of EHR Systems 2014 found that close to, or more than half of

CMS Begins Implementation of Key Payment Legislation

On July 8, CMS released the first proposed update to the physician payment schedule since the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).  The proposal includes a number of provisions focused on person-centered care, and continues the Administration’s commitment to transform the Medicare program to

Ebola missteps

Questions have been raised regarding the United States’ policy to control drug-resistant bacteria.  In an article published in Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control, it is explained that evidence regarding the efficacy of identifying and isolating MRSA carriers, along with destroying the bacteria, has been distorted.  According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, MRSA