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Judge upholds ban on telemedicine abortions

A ban on the practice of telemedicine abortions in Iowa, approved by the state's board of medicine last summer, has been upheld by a district judge.

Bipartisan Policy Center report breaks down healthcare reform challenges

The Bipartisan Policy Center released a white paper report offering legislative and regulatory recommendations regarding the challenges and opportunities for healthcare delivery system reform and the shift from volume- to value-based care.

Older, sicker minority patients more likely to die after urological surgery

Older, sicker, minority patients and those with public insurance are more likely to die from a potentially preventable complication after commonly performed urological surgeries, according to a study published in  BJU International. 

Some states want more authority over Medicare Advantage

Some state officials want more regulatory authority over Medicare Advantage plans. Right now, state regulators can't impose sanctions on Medicare Advantage plans; only the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has that power.

Hospital ICUs should reconsider use of harmful patient restraints

Hospitals should reconsider whether physical restraints are a good tool to use, especially in the intensive care unit as they could be ineffective or harmful in some situations, writes author Ravi Parikh in an article in  The Atlantic.

NPs and PAs perform office procedures beyond their medical training, study finds

Amidst the primary care physician shortage, mid-level providers like nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) perform procedures which they may not have formal training in across primary care offices around the country, a new study published in  JAMA Dermatology  revealed.

Patient safety incident could cost Texas hospital government funding

A Texas hospital could lose government funding going forward as a result of putting a patient in "immediate jeopardy" of harm, although the details of the case weren't released,  The Dallas Morning News  reported.

How hospitals deal with RACs is a symptom of our era

As I was growing up in the 1970s, there was still a lot of the "can-do" attitude in America for which a large part of its populace is now nostalgic, if not wistful. There were moon shots,...

LabMD alleges 'secretive relationship' between FTC, security firm

Atlanta-based cancer screening laboratory LabMD is calling on a Federal Trade Commission administrative judge to sanction FTC for an alleged "secretive relationship" with Tiversa, a peer-to-peer intelligence and security services firm.

EHR fraud prevention: What providers, payers must know

Simply using an electronic health record does not necessarily lead to billing fraud. But some of their functionalities, meant to create efficiencies, can lead to documentation that causes improper billing, as well as outright fraud. So how can providers root out EHR-related documentation issues and fraud before it occurs? And what steps can private payers take to ferret out improper claims? Read the full S pecial Report