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Dying in America: Healthcare leaders must bolster end-of-life care discussions, efforts

Healthcare leaders and providers must become comfortable talking about end-of-life care and death with patients, as the discussion is more important now than ever before, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

Former VA doc, whistleblower says OIG report on care delays is a farce

Experts and doctors once involved in the Department of Veteran Affairs healthcare system said they don't believe the agency's Inspector General's report captured the impact delays in care had on veteran deaths during a heated hearing in front of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs this week.

Missing one type of heart attack after-care increases chance of death

Missing any of nine after-care components makes heart attack patients more likely to die after leaving the hospital, according to a study published in European Heart Journal Acute Cardiovascular Care.

Insurers seek to shift more Rx costs to members

Pa yers have faced allegations of discriminating against patients with certain health conditions; a violation under the Affordable Care Act.  But some insurers are finding ways around the provision by shifting more of the cost of prescriptions onto consumers.  

IOM wants insurers to pay docs for palliative care

If insurers pay doctors to discuss death and end-of-life care with their patients, this may significantly reduce unnecessary spending and lower healthcare costs, according to a recent report from the Institute of Medicine.

Insurers: Customer service, member retention is more than a marketing initiative

When it comes to purchasing and selling health plans, consumers and payers start the experience clock ticking at different times.  For consumers, the experience begins the minute their insurer picks up the phone. That's not always the case for payers--but it should be, consumer engagement experts say.   

Anthem Blue Cross teams with 7 hospitals to launch integrated care program

Anthem Blue Cross and seven hospital groups in the highly-competitive Los Angeles market ann ounced  today that they'll form a partnership to provide a high-quality, cost-effective care. 

ONC takes steps to increase Blue Button use

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT launched two initiatives this week to increase patient access to their electronic health records via the Blue Button project.

Urgent care clinics bring accessibility, affordability

Urgent care retail clinics, which are popping up in droves in New York and around the country because of their convenient, affordable service, make healthcare more accessible to the public,  NY1 News  reported.

Antibiotic stewardship could cut readmissions for infection

Antibiotic stewardship programs guiding individual patient prescriptions could significantly cut readmission rates due to infection, according to research presented at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Medscape reports.