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HHS Secretary Alex Azar declares wildfires a public health emergency; CMS issues program waivers

CMS reminds Medicare Advantage organizations of their requirement to waive prior authorization in affected areas.

How hospitals can keep doctors positively engaged with their work

Physician engagement is viewed as a critical factor for improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare, as well as satisfaction and outcomes.

ACA enrollment drops 8% in second week

Week two of open enrollment shows an 8 percent drop in the number of people …

Data overload: Doctors say patients come into office misinformed

Patients all too often read unreliable sources of medical information and assume the worst-case scenario.

Artificial intelligence helps insurers identify Medicare members who also qualify for Medicaid

Medicare Advantage insurers that miss enrolling dual-eligibles are losing out on an opportunity, according to Change Healthcare.

CMS continues to investigate information breach of more than 90,000 consumers

A number of insurance agents and brokers engaged in ‘excessive searching’ for applications stored in the health insurance marketplace, CMS says.

CMS expands mental health payment for residential services

CMS letter to state Medicaid directors outlines new federal waiver to get reimbursed for residential treatment services.

How nurses rate daily job difficulty plays key role in patient care

A nurse’s perception of the difficulty of the workday has a bearing on his or her ability to provide the best care possible, findings showed.

How St. Luke’s created a patient-centric revenue cycle to improve satisfaction and collections

Case study: Revised paper statements and new digital patient portal drove a 38% improvement in self-pay collections, a 21% reduction in cost-per-dollar collected and patient satisfaction rose from 28% to more than 50%.

Yelp reviews reveal strengths and weaknesses of emergency departments and urgent care

Yelp reviews could help bridge a knowledge gap, and also help providers hone in on new focus areas to improve patient care, study says.

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