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Payers take steps forward with mobile apps in 2014

In a busy year for the healthcare industry, payers tried to move beyond the t echnical glitches and court rulings associated with the Affordable Care Act and focus instead on the ACA's aim to make healthcare more accessible and personal.  To play into this idea of the consumerization of healthcare,  payers have been busy exploring mobile applications that keep members healthy and temper rising healthcare costs.

6 must-know strategies to build a safer hospital

There's no room for doubt that the healthcare industry needs to improve patient safety, Robert Wachter, M.D., told the audience at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's recent forum on the issue--and he has a few ideas about how to go about it.

How one standalone hospital thrives in an era of consolidation

At a time when standalone hospitals feel pus hed to form alliances to survive, one California provider has thrived without sacrificing its independence, accord ing to   MedCity News.

Most states fail on physician quality information for second year

Nearly 90 percent of states received a failing grade for transparency of information on physician quality, according to a new report from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute.

For wellness programs, choice is often sharing personal health data or paying a fine

Consumers are hesitant to participate in employer wellness programs, fearing that their health records will be on public display,  reported  Bloomberg. Nearly 80 percent of large employers offer wellness programs. About a third of them assess employees a fine if they choose to not participate.

Just how safe are ambulatory surgery centers?

The rise in popularity of ambulatory surgery centers as an alternative to hospitals have made safety concerns about the facilities difficult to ignore, according to a  Kaiser Health News  article.

Chaplains: Unsung heroes of Ebola prevention efforts

Hospital chaplains' efforts to prevent the spread of Ebola have gone largely ignored in the frenzy over the deadly virus, according to  Religion and Politics.

HHS awards $665M to states in healthcare innovation initiative

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday announced the second round of grants as part of its State Innovation Models Initiative, awarding a total of more than $665 million to be split among 28 states, three territories and the District of Columbia.

Some Medicare Advantage plans better able to control risk factors

Medicare Advantage members of ethnic backgrounds with high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes are much less likely than white members to have these risk factors under control, according to a new study published in the  New England Journal of Medicine. That poses a problem, as it can substantially raise individuals' risk of health complications and increase the need for otherwise unnecessary care.

Are Teaching Health Centers a better way to train primary care physicians?

If primary care isn't practiced in hospitals, why does future primary care physician training take place in them? That's the question raised by Bruce Koeppen, M.D., founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, in a recent column for  LiveScience.