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Several groups representing nurses have accused the American Medical Association of igniting a “turf war” and “hampering access to care” by adopting a resolution to oppose efforts to allow non-physician practitioners to practice independently without the supervision of a licensed physician.

Healthcare real estate company Mainstreet Health Investments has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Care Investment Trust and its dozens of senior care and skilled nursing facilities in 11 states, with the expanded company rebranding to become Invesque.

Too few accountable care organizations (ACOs) were interested in testing CMS’s Shared Decision Making (SDM) model, so the agency announced it wouldn’t be moving forward with the program.

The buzzwords related to information technology and advanced communication are familiar—digital, virtual, real-time, eHealth, telemedicine. But sometimes they can be used in a way that’s a bit confusing. For example, a facility outside St. Louis is perhaps the world’s most advanced virtual hospital. But the building is real, the doctors are real, the nurses making rounds are real. It’s just the patients that are missing.

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced it will expand its effort to prevent Type 2 diabetes to eight additional states after it was launched last year in California, Michigan and South Carolina.

 

Recent Headlines

Uninsured rate falls in 2014 to lowest point in at least seven years

The uninsured rate fell to 13.8 percent last year, the lowest annualized rate in the seven years of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index measurement.

Patients prefer physicians who wear formal attire

Patients preferred physicians who wore formal attire in the majority of studies evaluated by researchers conducting a systematic review of published literature.

Study: Hospital productivity better than expected

Evidence suggests that hospital productivity has lagged behind other industries, but a study published in Health Affairs concludes that the opposite is true.

Patients rarely request clinically inappropriate tests

Fewer than 1 percent of encounters between clinicians and patients led to a request for medical services that were deemed clinically inappropriate, according to a study published online in JAMA Oncology, which examined oncology outpatient facilities at three Philadelphia-area hospitals between October 2013 and June 2014. 

A roadmap for a delivery system that partners with patients, families

A new roadmap developed by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, in collaboration with the American Institutes for Research, aims to improve healthcare delivery through greater partnerships with patients and families.

ANA: U.S. will need 1.1 million more R.N.s by 2022 to head off shortage

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is urging immediate increased investment in nursing training to ensure a sufficient nursing workforce to meet anticipated future demand from an aging U.S. population and the newly insured under the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions.

Delaware hospital’s bedside addiction intervention program gets White House officials’ attention

One hospital’s program that puts peer counselors at the bedside of patients with addiction and substance abuse problems has earned it an invitation to the White House. Leaders from Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware, were asked to present their early addiction intervention program, Project Engage, to officials from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Ohio hospitals show cutting HAIs requires cultural shift

Reducing hospital acquired infections significantly is possibly simply through better adherence to hand washing standards by clinical staff. However, making a hand-washing initiative stick is difficult because people naturally tend to become less adherent to standards over time without a culture that positively reinforces the standard, according to experts from Ohio’s MetroHealth Medical Center, University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic.

16 challenges in healthcare payment reform

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) has issued a new report that seeks to identify the specific challenges and opportunities the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services faces in implementing healthcare reform. Notably, many of the problems identified in the report are the same as those pointed out by healthcare industry executives and the organizations that represent them.

Alliance with North Shore-LIJ lets Cleveland Clinics’ cardiovascular care program reach sizeable New York market

The Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute is expanding its reach to include the New York metropolitan area, home to nearly 20 million people, through a unique alliance with the North Shore-LIJ Health System, which has 17 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices in the New York region.

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