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.

By Kaiser Health News 03:32 pm May 03, 2016
The federal government paid bonuses to 231 hospitals with subpar quality because their patients tend to be less expensive for Medicare, new research shows.
By Kaiser Health News 10:38 am May 02, 2016
The sheer number and variety of providers that patients see after leaving a hospital make medical mistakes and poor transitions in care all too common today. 
By Kaiser Health News 11:01 am April 07, 2016
The nonprofit patient safety organization found that nearly  40 percent of potentially harmful drug orders weren’t flagged by existing software systems, including medication orders for the wrong condition or the wrong dose based on things like a patient’s size, other illnesses or likely drug interactions. 
By Kaiser Health News 11:05 am March 24, 2016
EHR makers Epic and Cerner are building advanced directive features into their software to enable data sharing, an official said. Some lawmakers are looking to make directives portable while U.S. states are building databases to store them.  
By Kaiser Health News 03:04 pm February 02, 2016
A healthcare startup made a wild pitch to Cara Waller, CEO of the Newport Orthopedic Institute in Newport Beach. The company said it could get patients more engaged by "automating" physician empathy. It "almost made me nauseous," she said. How can you automate something as deeply personal as empathy?
Photo by Rick Wood AP/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
By Kaiser Health News 07:51 am December 29, 2015
Perched on an exam table at the doctor's office watching the clinician type details about their medical problems into their file, what patient hasn't wondered exactly what the doctor is writing? As many as 50 million patients may have a chance to find out in the next few years.
Digital data
By Kaiser Health News 08:29 am November 05, 2015
For generations, physicians have been trained in basic science and human anatomy to diagnose and treat the individual patient. But now, massive stores of data about what works for which patients are literally changing the way medicine is practiced -- and taught.
Discussion
By Kaiser Health News 09:31 am October 22, 2015
Three years in, the ACO program has many success stories, but it's not yet saving Medicare money. Is it working? Several experts from across healthcare weigh in with their thoughts.
Doc holding ACA sign
By Kaiser Health News 11:11 am June 26, 2015
In its first five years, the Affordable Care Act has survived technical meltdowns, a presidential election, two Supreme Court challenges -- including one resolved Thursday -- and dozens of repeal efforts in Congress. But its long-term future still isn't ensured.
Telemedicine
By Kaiser Health News 02:22 pm June 24, 2015
Telemedicine can be "so easy." For Medicare patients, it’s also incredibly rare. Nearly 20 years after such videoconferencing technology has been available for health services, fewer than 1 percent of Medicare beneficiaries use it.

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