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Nursing extremes: CA hospital eliminates positions, while Missouri seeks nurse educators

The future of nursing is as unpredictable as ever, with one California hospital eliminating skilled nursing positions, while a shortage of nurse educators leaves Missouri working to recruit more teachers into the profession.

UnitedHealth: 3 ways to better engage members

UnitedHealthcare is focusing on three main areas to meet the ongoing demands of its customers. In an article for Healthcare Payer News, UnitedHealth's Chief Consumer Officer Tom Paul recommends health insurers do the following.

Provider network complaints flood insurers

While policies with limited networks of doctors and hospitals existed before the Affordable Care Act, the backlash has been growing against narrow networks since exchange coverage kicked in.

Preventable medical error reporting still lacking in some hospitals

Preventable errors in hospitals still cause hundreds of thousands of death in the U.S. each year, but in some states such as Maryland, the exact number isn't readily available even though hospitals are supposed to report serious medical errors to state regulators an investigative article from the  Baltimore Sun  revealed.

St. Louis health system may lose doctors over new pay model

Doctors affiliated with Mercy Health in St. Louis are unhappy with the health system's new compensation model and say they may not sign the new contracts, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports. 

States want to use health reform funds in 2015

Due to constantly changing technical requirements and demands from the Obama administration, states running their own exchanges want more time to spend their federal dollars, reports PoliticoPro.

Is bigger better in healthcare?

I'm a fan of the mom-and-pop store. Even if it means paying a little more for the same product available at a big-box retailer, I would prefer shopping at a small, local store. That's because I tend to receive better customer service at the smaller shops where they personally value my business. And I would allege the same to be true in the healthcare industry.

Palliative care coverage: Connecting the dots

FierceHealthPayer spoke with Torrie Fields (pictured), Cambia's program director for serious illness and palliative care. She describes the specifics behind Cambia's palliative care program, which began July 1 and is available to its more than 2 million members, and how it helps members have the difficult conversations around end-of-life care.

Cambia Health CEO Mark Ganz on the cutting edge of end-of-life care

To learn more about Cambia's palliative care program, which facilitates members' healthcare needs from wellness through completion of life, FierceHealthPayer spoke with Cambia CEO Mark Ganz in an exclusive interview.

Insurers must find the path to data mastery

As data takes on an increasingly important role in healthcare, insurers need to leverage their data as a strategic asset aligned with business goals, according to Insurance & Technology.