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Ebola epidemic slows down, but public health officials prepare for new threat

​The Ebola outbreak in Liberia is now showing signs of slowing down, but U.S. public officials aren't necessarily breathing a sigh of relief as they now must prepare for the next health disaster, the Associated Press reports.

Medicaid spending up dramatically in 2014

Medicaid spending has increased dramatically during 2014, according to a new report from the National Association of State Budget Officers.

Rural healthcare in crisis: What does the future hold?

Rural healthcare providers are at a crossroads. Faced with the same problems as the rest of the industry as it transitions from a fee-for-service model to value-based care, rural providers must also...

Radiologists should expect to face Meaningful Use audits

While healthcare systems and general practitioners get much of the attention when it comes to undergoing Meaningful Use audits, radiologists should be prepared to come under the same scrutiny, as well.

Healthcare should focus less on innovation, more on imitation

Hospitals should focus less on innovation and more on imitating proven approaches that actually work and adapt them for industry use, according to a  Harvard Business Review  article.

Highmark: Insurers should embrace telemedicine

Pittsburgh-based Highmark recognizes the importance of technology. That's why the insurer decided to cover online visitis via Iagnosis, a telemdermatology solution, for 5.2 million of its members.  FierceHealthPayer  spoke with Donald R. Fischer, M.D., Highmark senior vice president and chief medical officer, about the insurer's deicision to cover this service, as well as some of the obstacles that may plague insurer's to follow in Highmark's footsteps.

Optimize patient flow: The key to reducing readmissions

Despite many hospital's efforts to reduce readmissions, penalties for excessive readmissions reached an all-time high this year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will levy fines to 2,610...

Insurers raise 2015 premiums to make up for under-priced exchange plans last year

Insurers have increased premiums for the most popular plans sold on the health insurance exchanges after under-pricing the policies last year.

Study shows wide gap between hospital charges for public, private insurers

It's a matter of faith that most hospitals earn the biggest margins on patients that have private insurance. But a new study indicates that acute care facilities routinely clean up on such patients.  

CMS releases list of counties, hospitals that have lost critical access designation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a list of counties and parishes that will lose their rural designation that allows acute care facilities within their boundaries to receive extra payments as critical access hospitals.