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Calls for relief for rural hospitals continue

The case for saving rural hospitals took center stage in Congress this week, with critical access hospital administrators asking the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee for relief from federal regulations that they say cause more harm than good.

More hospitals turn to 'laborists' to deliver babies

A growing number of hospitals are using OB hospitalists, also called laborists, to deliver babies, according to an article in  Kaiser Health News. Patient satisfaction, attempts to reduce malpractice risk and physicians who want to work for a salary instead of running their own practices are some of the factors driving the trend.

Drones can help transport blood samples for routine tests

A new proof-of-concept study at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine shows that hobby-sized drones can transport common and routine blood tests--a finding that could help patients in rural areas of the world that lack passable roads and give healthcare workers quick access to lab work.

What Verizon can teach hospitals about coping with rapid market change

Hospitals can take some lessons from Verizon, the once "stodgy" utility company that is now seizing new business opportunities and reacting to meet new consumer demands.

CMS program to reduce hospital-acquired conditions has flaws

The Medicare program that penalizes hospitals financially for failing to adequately reduce hospital-acquired conditions might be backfiring, a new  study  published in JAMA  suggests.

Questions hospitals must consider before joining an ACO

Organizations must consider four questions when they work with a health insurer to implement an accountable care organization, writes Daniel Finke, CEO of accountable care solutions from Aetna, in a piece for  Healthcare IT News.

Outcomes improve, costs decline for Medicare beneficiaries

A new study finds "remarkable" improvements in hospitalization and mortality rates as well as per-patient costs for 65-and-over beneficiaries.

Robust EHRs, inpatient physical rehab and staff levels minimize 'weekend effect'

With studies showing that patients admitted to hospitals over the weekend are more likely to die and have serious complications, Loyola University Health System researchers have come up with strategies for reducing the so-called "weekend effect."

Anthem, Cigna see pharmacy benefit management opportunities in merger

In addition to adding to the insurance industry's wave of consolidation, the news of Anthem's deal to acquire Cigna also reinforced how much value the largest health insurers place in the pharmacy benefit management business.

Payments to NPs, PAs outpace physicians

The industry increasingly is calling upon nonphysician practitioners (NPP) such as physician assistants (PA) and nurse practitioners (NP) to help expand healthcare access and optimize physician efficiency. And according to Medicare billing records, NPPs have certainly stepped up to the plate.