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Shared medical appointments show promise in primary care

Thus far, much of the research surrounding shared medical appointments (SMAs) involved specialties dealing with chronic conditions such as diabetes. SMAs may have a promising place in primary care, particularly as part of the patient-centered medical home, according to a new study published in the  Annals of Family Medicine.

Government watchdog notes nearly 800 VA whistleblower retaliation complaints

Whistleblowers who complained about delays in care, errors and poor-quality care were placed on leaved, removed from clinical work, among other things, according to a report from the Project on Government Oversight watchdog group, based on complaints filed by nearly 800 current and former Veterans Affairs (VA) employees and veterans.

States fight against provider consolidation

As providers continue to team up, insurers claim the growing rate of provider consolidation leads to high healthcare costs. Many states want to lessen the impact of provider consolidation by implementing laws and regulations that encourage price disclosure and ensure limits on healthcare prices, according to a new paper from the National Academy of Social Insurance and Catalyst for Payment Reform.

Development problems continue for exchanges

There appears to be no evidence that the vendors for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have written the code to fix the  faulty back-end systems that deal with paying subsidies and billing qualified health plan enrollees.

Tennessee hospital drastically dropped infection rates through hand-hygiene initiative

When a doctor noticed the physicians and staff tending to his wife after a double knee replacement weren't washing their hands before interacting with her, he worked to do something about it,  Yahoo News  reported.

Americans don't trust healthcare sources, find quality-related information hard to find

Americans don't know how to determine which doctor will provide high-quality care, often choosing a doctor based on insurance and if the doctor is friendly, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Busiest emergency departments have lowest mortality rates

Patients are less likely to die in a hospital if they are admitted through a high-volume emergency department, according to a new study published in  Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Patients turn to retail clinics for chronic care, preventive services

A new study sponsored by Walgreens finds a marked increase in the number of patients who make return visits to  retail clinics.

Good physical work environment leads to more effective nurses

Physical work environments indirectly affect registered nurses, and their ability to complete tasks, communicate and do their jobs efficiently, according to a new study published in  Research in Nursing & Health.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's  RN W ork Project  found being able to do the aforementioned tasks leads to higher job satisfaction.

Number of registered nurses grows as professionals delay retirement

Despite debate about the validity of a nursing shortage, the number of registered nurses across the country continues to rise, reaching 2.7 million in 2012 and growing even more since then, according to a study published in  Health Affairs.