US measles cases hit 170; new outbreak in Washington

Through Feb. 27, 170 people in 17 states and Washington, D.C., have developed measles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up from 154 reported cases through Feb. 20.

Texas nurse who contracted Ebola sues hospital chain

Nina Pham contracted Ebola during the care she provided to Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas last year, and is now suing the parent company for the damaged she suffered. read more

CMS announces release of 2015 Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report

By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer Today, CMS released the 2015 National Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report (2015 Impact Report) (https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/QualityMeasures/QualityMeasurementImpactReports.html). The 2015 Impact Report demonstrates that the nation has made clear progress in improving the healthcare delivery system to achieve the three aims of […]

AMA Joins with Stakeholders and Specialty Societies to Call on CMS to Improve ACO Program

Physicians, hospitals, medical group practices and other stakeholders are joining together today to call on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to further improve the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and make it more sustainable….

Economist: Slow growth in healthcare spending is likely here to stay

Rising healthcare costs have been haunting both the sector and individual Americans for decades, but what if the recent slowdown in increases is actually permanent? That’s the argument of Temple University economics professor Tom E. Getzen, who also serves as executive director of the International Health Economics Association.

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Seeking Lower Prices Where Providers Are Consolidated: <br>An Examination of Market and Policy Strategies

Consolidation between and among hospitals and physicians can lead to improvements in efficiency and quality of care, but it also tends to raise prices for health care services. As part of their Commonwealth Fund–supported study, researchers outlined eight strategies to promote greater competition on price and quality.

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