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Less is More: HIE Prevents Repeat Tests

Health Information Exchange (HIE) lets doctors see all of their patients’ records online, no matter where patients choose to go for care. If a patient has a doctor they really like in one hospital, but wants their labs drawn and prescriptions [...]

April 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Carrying the Big Stick in Health Policy

In 2004, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) launched the CMS Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting program, which would publicly report quality of care delivered by US hospitals. A recent study investigated quality of care measures and [...]

March 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Happy accident lowers health care costs

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased emphasis on quality reporting for doctors and hospitals in an effort to improve care and, hopefully, improve health outcomes for patients. Whether or not this will be accomplished is yet to be seen. However, [...]

February 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Barking up the wrong tree

Medical liability accounts for only 2.4% of all health care costs, yet medical malpractice reform is often hailed as a critical ingredient to reducing costs. Though capping non-economic damages—those that compensate patients for their pain, [...]

January 31, 2015 // 1 Comment

Taking a Lesson from Taiwan

Government payers like Medicare and Medicaid are attempting to move away from the current fee-for-service model of health care billing—which some believe provides incentive for doctors to perform unnecessary tests and procedures—in favor of a [...]

January 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

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