We've all read the stories of hospital workers being fired because of releasing patient information on Facebook or Twitter. Those rogue employees might not have acted alone—they might have been enabled by their employers' weak social media policies. >>>
The American Hospital Association wants acute care organizations to invite members of Congress into their hospitals during the August recess. The group is seeking co-sponsors on five bills. >>>
In seven weeks, providers are supposed to be implementing stage 2 of Meaningful Use. The government's interoperability plans are lacking. And a key Washington player says he's leaving the scene. It's starting to look like a calamity. >>>
CMS is asking for public input on whether or not physicians have a privacy interest with their Medicare payments. If they do, CMS says it wants to create a review system that balances a physician's privacy with the public interest. >>>
The giant health insurer has learned much from its consumer engagement program. Lewis G. Sandy, MD, senior vice president for clinical advancement at UnitedHealth Group, shares some practical lessons. >>>
Better preparing cancer patients for surgery and the rigors of treatment regimens can improve patient outcomes and generate cost savings through shorter hospital stays and fewer readmissions, researchers say. >>>
The American Medical Association, a number of other national provider associations, and 47 state medical societies are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to preserve federal funding for state-based quality improvement organizations. >>>
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