Kaiser Health News

Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

CDC CERT Zika
By Kaiser Health News 08:01 am September 15, 2016
Building on its experience with Ebola in 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created CDC Emergency Response Teams (CERT) of epidemiologists analyze and study Zika. 
EpiPen generic FDA
By Kaiser Health News 10:25 am September 06, 2016
The FDA has approved more generics the past few years, but a flood of new applications has steadily added to the demand. And critics say getting generic alternatives to the U.S. market for products like EpiPen is still taking far too long.
By Kaiser Health News 10:45 am August 25, 2016
In their professional journals, at conferences, on social media and healthcare blogs, and in comments to federal regulators, the nation's doctors are expressing growing anger and frustration about the changes MACRA will bring.

Hospitals’ interest in a more open approach to medical errors has been fueled by studies showing that patients want to know when an adverse event has occurred and doctors suffer from anxiety when there are restrictions and concerns about what they are allowed to discuss.

By Kaiser Health News 10:37 am August 23, 2016
Many hospitals are beginning to consider a change in how they handle medical errors. Instead of the "deny-and-defend" approach, they are revamping their policies to be more open.
Obama ACA
By Kaiser Health News 08:06 am August 18, 2016
Aetna stepped out of Affordable Care Act marketplaces and it's not the only company doing so. Humana, UnitedHealthcare and several Blues will also be selling in fewer regions when the fourth enrollment period opens this fall. 
By Kaiser Health News 11:00 am August 17, 2016
Fine print of many marketplace health plan documents allows them to refuse a range of services, disproportionately affecting women, study says.
Medicare readmission penalties
By Kaiser Health News 09:21 am August 03, 2016
The federal government will punish 2,597 hospitals during the next year for having patients return within 30 days and while that number is similar to last year, the average cost of each penalty will be 20 percent more, according to a new analysis.
reduces medical missteps
By Kaiser Health News 02:39 pm August 01, 2016
The hospital created a web-based tool that ties into its EHR that is being used to mitigate medical errors when residents hand off patients at their end of their shifts. 

Medicare awarded five stars to relatively obscure hospitals and at least 40 hospitals that specialize in just a few types of surgery, such as knee replacements.

By Kaiser Health News 09:56 am July 29, 2016
Only 102 hospitals of 3,617 hospitals received the top rating of five stars.
Medicare quality ratings
By Kaiser Health News 10:12 am July 25, 2016
While some hospitals fear the ratings will be misleading and oversimplified, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that its analysis proves that all types of hospitals can perform well and have opportunities to improve. 

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