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The top 10 (preventable) patient-safety concerns for 2020

October 11, 2019


ECRI Institute has released its annual list of the 10 biggest patient-safety concerns in 2020, with misuse of surgical staplers ranking No. 1.

HHS proposes rules to update anti-kickback statutes, Stark Law

October 10, 2019


HHS on Wednesday issued long-anticipated proposed rules to update anti-kickback and physician-referral regulations so they do not interfere with physicians' ability to participate in value-based payment arrangements.

Policymakers are pushing mobile EHRs. But is anyone actually using them?

September 24, 2019


Less than 1% of patients who use their health system's patient portal also viewed their medical records on their smartphones, despite a growing push from policymakers to use the technology, according to research published recently in JAMA Network Open.

12 lessons private health systems can learn from VA, according to David Shulkin

September 18, 2019


Former Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin, who spent much of his career in the private sector, in a post on LinkedIn offers 12 tips the private health care sector can take from VA.

5 ways hospitals can make childbirth safer

September 16, 2019


When it comes to preventing maternal childbirth-related deaths, the United States still has a "long way to go," according to Amy Compton-Phillips, executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Providence St. Joseph Health, who shares five ways her health system ensures safer outcomes for maternal care.

In the states: Florida provider pays $85K to settle alleged HIPAA violation, New York to require warnings in vape stores, and more

September 13, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Mayo Clinic + Google: The new 10-year plan to 'redefine how health care is delivered'

September 11, 2019


Mayo Clinic on Tuesday announced a 10-year strategic partnership with Google to develop new artificial intelligence technologies—and their plan includes a new Google office located in Mayo's hometown of Rochester, Minnesota.

Why it's so hard for patients to access their medical records

September 10, 2019


There is a great emphasis in health care today on amassing large databases of patient medical records, but for many patients, the process of accessing their own records can be challenging—and it is completely "at odds with your federal rights," Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, writes for NPR's "Shots."

HHS proposes changes to privacy rules aimed at combating substance use disorders

August 23, 2019


HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Thursday released a proposed rule intended to make it easier for providers to share the medical records of patients being treated for substance use disorders.

VA launches a one-stop-shop mobile app for veterans' health care

August 21, 2019


Veterans Affairs last week unveiled a new mobile application intended to streamline veterans' access to health care by storing and organizing their health information and services in one location.

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