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Hospitals qualify for quality bonuses, but penalties may cost more.
By Kaiser Health News 09:07 am January 26, 2015
Medicare is giving bonuses to a majority of hospitals that it graded on quality, but many of those rewards will be wiped out by penalties the government has issued for other shortcomings.
Patient
By Kaiser Health News 09:38 am December 19, 2014
In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released Thursday show.
By Kaiser Health News 09:48 am December 08, 2014
Chicago health officials had a serious problem. The city had long been trying to attack breast cancer among minorities with a program offering uninsured women free mammograms at Roseland Hospital in the predominantly black South Side. But black women weren't getting screened. Because traditional public health outreach didn't seem to be working,...
Pacemaker
By Kaiser Health News 10:17 am November 19, 2014
Jay Radcliffe breaks into medical devices for a living, testing for vulnerabilities as a security researcher. He's also a diabetic and gives himself insulin injections instead of relying on an automated insulin pump, which he says could be hacked.
By Kaiser Health News 10:21 am October 23, 2014
While Ebola stokes public anxiety, more than one in six hospitals -- including some top medical centers -- are having trouble stamping out less exotic but sometimes deadly infections, federal records show.
By Kaiser Health News 09:34 am October 09, 2014
Medicare is fining a record number of hospitals -- 2,610 -- for having too many patients return within a month for additional treatments, federal records released Oct. 1 show. Even though the nation’s readmission rate is dropping, Medicare’s average fines will be higher.
CVS expands its partnerships with hospitals, docs across the country.
By Kaiser Health News 10:49 am September 26, 2014
Neglected to pick up your prescription? Now, there's a good chance your doctor will know and do something about it, thanks to a slew of new partnerships between CVS Health and various health systems.
By Kaiser Health News 09:34 am August 21, 2014
A decade ago almost all doctors kept paper charts on every patient. That is changing quickly as laptops become as common as stethoscopes in exam rooms. Here are some frequently asked questions about this evolution underway in American medicine and the government programs sparking the change.
By Kaiser Health News 09:58 am July 09, 2014
A new study says there's no need to worry about hospitals using their new electronic health records to generate bigger bills and boost their income.
Gears
By Kaiser Health News 09:53 am June 30, 2014
When a car rolls off an assembly line, the automaker knows exactly what parts, labor and facilities cost. Not so in healthcare, and now some health executives are trying to change that.

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