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University Hospitals, Anthem start ACO for Medicare Advantage patients

To better coordinate care and reduce healthcare costs by improving communication between providers and insurers, Cleveland, Ohio-based University Hospitals and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield have launched an accountable care organization that will serve patients in the insurer's Medicare Advantage plan,  Crain's Cleveland Business  reports.

Medi-Cal coverage of undocumented children needs work, advocates say

California's Medi-Cal expansion will cover the children of undocumented immigrants, but healthcare advocates in the state say that the coverage should guarantee that children can see doctors and that undocumented adults, too, have a right to healthcare.

Restraint and confinement still an everyday practice in mental health settings

lthough control intervention techniques such as restraints and confinement are known patient safety risks, a new study from the University of Waterloo reveals that almost 1 in 4 psychiatric patients in Ontario hospitals are subjected to mental and physical control intervention.

OIG: Delays, scheduling violations plague VA's private-care fix

More than a year after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) came under fire for care delays, a heavily-touted solution that would allow veterans to seek private healthcare suffers from similar problems, according to a new report from the VA Office of Inspector General.

Despite patient risks, most docs, nurse practitioners go to work when sick

Although they know the risks it poses to patients, most doctors and advanced practice clinicians admit they go to work when sick due to staffing concerns and because they don't want to let their colleagues and patients down, according to a new survey published in  JAMA Pediatrics.  

4 reasons motivational interviewing is winning over physicians

More recently, healthcare providers from all specialties--from obstetrics to psychiatr--are clamoring to learn motivational interviewing, the communication technique that replaces lecturing with collaborative goal-setting.

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.

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.

Transgender patients form their own health referral networks

A transgender advocacy group has created a directory of physicians and other caregivers that rates the providers on how knowledgeable and non-discriminatory they are regarding trans and genderfluid patients, according to Boston Public Radio's  Common Health  blog.

Providers add population health management to chronic care equation

The Affordable Care Act continues to drive changes in healthcare providers' strategies for treating and managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity and heart failure, according to the  Philadelphia Inquirer.