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Executive order stops short of insurance for immigrants illegally in U.S.

President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration reform stopped short of offering healthcare coverage to people who are in the U.S. illegally, but the action should make it easier for them to obtain insurance.

Hand-hygiene strategies for healthcare workers--what really works?

The problem of inadequate hand hygiene has persisted in hospitals partly because traditional strategies, such as awareness posters, have "grown stale," while inherent flaws in other initiatives, such as urging patients to remind clinicians to wash their hands, have limited their effectiveness, according to a research article from  BMC Infectious Diseases.

Keep HIPAA practices in mind in face of Ebola

As the Ebola virus continues to make headlines in the U.S., hospitals must be prepared to protect potential patients' privacy, or face millions of dollars in fines as well as a government investigation, according to an article in  MedCity News.

Mergers and acquisitions: A 2015 forecast

Things aren't always as they appear. This adage is particularly applicable to the future of healthcare mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Statistically, healthcare M&A deals are down in 2014 compared to the previous year, but experts say anecdotal evidence paints a more promising picture of the market in 2015.

Former hospital CFO pleads guilty to false MU attestation

Joe White, former chief financial officer at Tyler, Texas-based Shelby Regional Medical Center, pleaded guilty Nov. 12 to making a false statement to the government in order to obtain incentive payments under the Medicare Meaning Use program.

NYC official warns public hospitals can't handle uninsured on their own

New York City's richer private hospitals must do a better job of caring for the city's uninsured population, a state health official warned, according to the New York Daily News.

Michael Cannon: Insurance subsidies could be ACA's undoing

The insurance subsidies available in the federally run insurance marketplaces are not authorized by the Affordable Care Act and are therefore illegal, according to  Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute.

Feds could alter how insurers use reference pricing

As more insurers implement reference pricing to help offset rising healthcare costs, the Department of Labor is deciding whether to change an Affordable Care Act provision that would alter how health plans calculate out-of-pocket costs related to the pricing method,  Managed Care  reported.

HHS OIG: EHRs remain a top management challenge

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has once again identified the meaningful and secure exchange and use of electronic health information as one of the 10 biggest management and performance challenges facing HHS in the coming year, according to its latest report.

Despite a stabilizing malpractice environment, experts say tort reform doesn't work

The current medical malpractice environment has grown slightly less treacherous for doctors over the past seven to 10 years, with payouts falling and premiums remaining relatively flat, according to res earch  published in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.  But this stabilization of the market has not been due to traditional liability reforms such as those capping damages or scrutinizing qualifications of expert witnesses.