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Kaiser Health News

House Panel Focuses 'Microscope' On Marketplace Open Enrollment

31 July 2014, 7:41 pmHouse members examined concerns raised in a GAO report about the healthcare.gov website during a subcommittee hearing Thursday. KHN's Mary Agnes Carey and CQ Roll Call's Melissa Attias discuss.

GAO Report: Poor Planning And Oversight Led To Website Woes

31 July 2014, 2:10 pmThe government watchdog organization also found that more problems could emerge in the upcoming enrollment season. Investigators suggested implementation of a cost-control plan and improved oversight...

House Authorizes Boehner To Proceed With Lawsuit Against President Obama

31 July 2014, 2:09 pmThe House voted mostly along party lines to proceed with the lawsuit against President Barack Obama. The legal challenge, which focuses on last year's White House decision to delay the employer mandat...

Few States Plan To Extend Medicaid Pay Raise For Primary Care Docs

31 July 2014, 1:37 pmAlso in the news, the Government Accountability Office examines Medicaid's supplemental payments to hospitals and health care providers.

IOM Report Calling For Medical Education Reform Could Set Up Major Battle Over Funding

31 July 2014, 1:37 pmThe report, which says the $15 billion spent annually to train doctors is failing, could lead to congressional battles and rivalries among doctors' groups.

Hospital 'Observation Stays' Scrutinized By Senate Aging Committee

31 July 2014, 1:36 pmMeanwhile, on the House side, the Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation that would allow people with group health insurance to keep policies that don’t conform to the health law's stand...

Minn. Exchange Will Add $3.16 Million For Repairs; Cover Oregon's Problems Lead To Political Casualties

31 July 2014, 1:36 pmNews outlets report on developments regarding state online insurance marketplaces.

Cigna's Quarterly Earnings Up

31 July 2014, 1:36 pmGains driven largely by global benefits operation after Cigna reported earlier that its business on the health law marketplaces was soft. News outlets also examine Humana and WellPoint's earnings.

GovHealthIT.com

The hardest part of mHealth

31 July 2014, 2:24 pmAs is so often the case with emerging IT, technology is not the missing link in mobile healthcare. Nor are federal regulation or even affordable products. The steepest obstacle, instead, is patients&r...

3 privacy and security challenges in meaningful use Stage 2

31 July 2014, 12:51 pmSince the inception of meaningful use within the HITECH Act through April 2014, approximately 80 percent of all eligible hospitals received an incentive payment for demonstrating Meaningful Use requir...

VA compromise bill would bolster telemedicine, scheduling software

30 July 2014, 12:28 pmThe proposed $17 billion legislation that would overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs gives weight to two significant information technology initiatives long sought by its proponents. Pri...

Is the ACA ushering in a new era of payment collections?

30 July 2014, 12:01 pmToday, more payment responsibility is being passed on to patients. Over the last 10 years, the average per-person deductible for health insurance increased 117 percent, climbing from $518 to $1,123. F...

Where HHS 2015 IT budget is headed: Data

29 July 2014, 12:01 pmThe sprawling IT budget at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) makes it one of the most heavily funded civilian organizations in the federal government. And almost all of that money is b...

Do we already have data proving that EHRs save lives?

29 July 2014, 11:57 amFor at least the last decade, the health IT field has seen a scholarly back-and-forth on the effectiveness of electronic medical records. As soon as one study is published that finds technology has li...

Harvard study: 10 million gained health coverage

28 July 2014, 5:26 pmAbout 10.3 million Americans gained health coverage this year, primarily as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a study by the federal government and Harvard University, publis...

ACA cost ratios reaping benefits, challenges

28 July 2014, 12:00 pmAmericans across the country may be pleasantly surprised to get a small check from their health plans this summer, but insurers may need to plan better if they want avoid an administrative hassle. Thi...

Health.Mil

Feature: The 374th Medical Group – Using TeamSTEPPS® to Improve Patient Safety

1 August 2014, 4:00 amAcross the Military Health System, patient safety teams work tirelessly to provide the highest quality of care to their patients. The 374th Medical Group ensures medical readiness of the 374th Airlift...

TeamSTEPPS® Team Performance Observation Tool and the 35th Medical Group

1 August 2014, 4:00 amThe 35th MDG, Misawa Air Force Base is a community hospital in northern Japan serving active duty Air Force, Navy, Army, contractors, DoD civilians, DoD school teachers, retirees and civilian emergenc...

Continuing Education News: Eligibility Requirements Update – A Must Read

1 August 2014, 4:00 amThe DoD PSP wants to help ensure you are properly receiving your earned Continuing Education credits. To receive CE credits every time, please note the three mandatory requirements that must be met. N...

Focused Review: Laboratory Events in the Military Health System – Identifying and Mitigating the Gaps in Laboratory Processes

1 August 2014, 4:00 amThis newly-released focused review highlights Laboratory events related to patient safety based on MHS Sentinel Events and Patient Safety Reports submitted. The focused review further analyzes each la...

The 2014 TeamSTEPPS® Conference – A Summary

1 August 2014, 4:00 amThe 2014 TeamSTEPPS® Conference took place in Minneapolis 11-12 June. The conference included educational programming beginning 10 June with pre-conference sessions followed by keynote presentatio...

A Competency Model for Patient Safety Managers – At a Glance

1 August 2014, 4:00 amWith the growth of the modern patient safety movement, a new health care role has emerged — the Patient Safety Manager. While official titles may vary, these patient safety professionals typical...

Army Behavioral Health Care Helps Soldiers Overcome Personal Challenges

31 July 2014, 4:00 amEmbedded behavioral health clinics have been introduces to brigades throughout the Army to provide multidisciplinary care to soldiers in close coordination with unit leaders. Army photo by Sgt. Quenti...

OSW 2014 Soldiers Learn Combat Medicine

31 July 2014, 4:00 amSoldiers from Alpha Company move a wounded soldier mannequin over an obstacle course during the final day of the Combat Life Saver course at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakerhurst, N.J., on July 24, 2014.

Army Health News

Belvoir hospital achieves baby-friendly accreditation

25 July 2014, 4:00 amIncreasing its ability to afford patients the highest standard of care, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital recently became only one of two medical facilities in Virginia and one of four military treatmen...

Public Health Command tracks new mosquito-borne disease

23 July 2014, 4:00 amThe U.S. Army Public Health Command is responding rapidly to an emerging viral infection that is threatening the United States.

Crossing home plate to combat silent injuries

22 July 2014, 4:00 amIn just its fifth year, the "Run to Home Base" continues to grow and help military members who suffer from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.

Army study looks at 'Developing Mental Armor for Soldiers'

22 July 2014, 4:00 amIn the fiscal year 2014 study, "Design, Implement, and Demonstrate Integrated Training to Optimize Human Performance and Discourage PTSD and Suicide," known as the Squad Overmatch Study, the goal was...

Increased SHARP training furthers efforts to combat sexual abuse

21 July 2014, 4:00 amThe Army is "breaking new ground" in efforts to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault in the ranks, according to a top Army official.

Belvoir pro believes adapting key to military golf future

17 July 2014, 4:00 amPGA professional Steve Greiner credits the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation Wounded Warrior Golf Program for helping keep golf on the map at Fort Belvoir Golf Club, in Virginia.

Army doctor, 75, looks back at half-century of service

14 July 2014, 4:00 am"It's like yesterday," Col. Arthur Wittich said about his military career that began in 1956, as a Navy hospital corpsman. "I consider myself blessed. I've enjoyed my career."...

'Game-changing' device gets veteran back on his feet

10 July 2014, 4:00 amAfter a decade of excruciating pain, Frank Larraza figured he'd never be able to walk pain-free again. But in a month's time, this 24-year Army veteran has gone from crawling to walking to running.

HHS.Gov

HHS awards $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act mental health services funding

31 July 2014, 5:01 amHHS awards $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act mental health services funding...

Surgeon General issues call to action to prevent skin cancer

29 July 2014, 5:01 amSurgeon General issues call to action to prevent skin cancer...

Over 8.2 million seniors have saved more than $11.5 billion on prescription drugs since 2010

29 July 2014, 5:01 amOver 8.2 million seniors have saved more than $11.5 billion on prescription drugs since 2010...

Consumers have saved a total of $9 billion on premiums

24 July 2014, 5:01 amConsumers have saved a total of $9 billion on premiums...

New Study: 10.3 million gained health coverage during the Marketplace’s first annual open enrollment period

23 July 2014, 5:01 amNew Study: 10.3 million gained health coverage during the Marketplace’s first annual open enrollment period...

Secretary Burwell announces steps to further strengthen HHS management team

23 July 2014, 5:01 amSecretary Burwell announces steps to further strengthen HHS management team...

HHS announces availability of $11 million to better integrate HIV services into community health centers

15 July 2014, 5:01 amHHS announces availability of $11 million to better integrate HIV services into community health centers...

New resources improve states’ abilities to advance Medicaid payment and delivery system reform

14 July 2014, 5:01 amNew resources improve states’ abilities to advance Medicaid payment and delivery system reform...

Health.Com

6 Ways to Make Losing Weight Less of a Downer

31 July 2014, 10:45 pmLet’s face it: Trying to eat healthier and move more can sometimes feel like a drag. Here’s how to change your mindset.

Try This Move to Get Arms Like Serena Williams

31 July 2014, 9:05 pmSerena Williams is famous for her fashion and serious upper-body strength on the court. But you can get arms like hers without touching a racquet.

Hairdo Trumps Exercise for Many Black Women, Study Finds

31 July 2014, 8:37 pmTHURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many black women put concerns about their hair above their health, according to new research. It’s estimated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Cont...

The “Manternity” Photoshoot You Need to See

31 July 2014, 7:37 pmYou’ve probably seen plenty of beautiful pregnancy photos, but trust us, these shots from a soon-to-be Dad in Austin, Texas, take the cake.

Some Jobs Harder on the Heart Than Others, Report Finds

31 July 2014, 7:37 pmBy Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Stress at work may raise your risk of heart attack and stroke, particularly if you work in the service industry or...

Burnout Common Among Transplant Surgeons, Study Reveals

31 July 2014, 7:37 pmTHURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Transplant surgeons often feel emotionally drained and overextended, which are red flags for burnout, a new study suggests. Nearly half of the transpla...

Kids’ Lunch Boxes Often Fall Short on Nutrition

31 July 2014, 7:37 pmBy Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter THURDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A home-packed lunch isn’t necessarily healthier than school cafeteria fare, a new study suggests. The new researc...

CDC Issues Travel Warning as West Africa Ebola Outbreak Worsens

31 July 2014, 5:37 pmTHURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — With the World Health Organization reporting that the death toll in the West African Ebola outbreak has risen to 729, the U.S. Centers for Disease Con...