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Kaiser Health News

Rural Hospitals Face Tough Choices On Computerized Records

24 April 2014, 8:37 pmHospitals in remote places are making tradeoffs to adopt electronic medical records. Some are joining larger systems, sacrificing their independence. Others are going it alone, carefully.

Poll Finds Dislike Of Health Law, But Lack Of Support For Its Repeal

24 April 2014, 1:46 pmIn the run up to the midterm congressional elections, this and other polls find hope for Democratic incumbents while also probing the factors that continue to make the health law unpopular among many...

Health Law Influences Small Business Owners' Decisions

24 April 2014, 1:45 pmThe Wall Street Journal reports that even though the mandate was delayed requiring businesses with more than 50 employees to provide coverage for their workers, the overhaul is affecting how companies...

Washington, Minnesota Tout Exchange Sign-Ups, While Oregon Official Exits

24 April 2014, 1:16 pmAnother top official for the Cover Oregon exchange submitted her resignation this week, while a technology committee decides whether the state should participate in the federal exchange or fix the exi...

Viewpoints: Blum's Departure Is A Serious Loss; GOP Fighting Medicaid Expansion With New Tactic

24 April 2014, 1:15 pmA selection of editorials and opinions on health care from around the country.

Aetna Raises Earnings Outlook

24 April 2014, 1:15 pmIn other market news, coverage continues of the cost and effectiveness of Sovaldi, a new drug to treat hepatitis C, and the related earnings gained by Gilead Sciences, its manufacturer.

Employers Increasingly See Positives In Wellness Programs

24 April 2014, 1:14 pmThe Associated Press reports on this development.

CBO Lowers Spending Forecast For States That Expand Medicaid Coverage

24 April 2014, 1:14 pmThe Congressional Budget Office updated its February forecast, which pegged the cost at $70 billion over the next 10 years. The new figure puts the cost at $46 billion. In other Medicaid expansion new...

GovHealthIT.com

What's ahead for the HIT Standards Committee

24 April 2014, 6:41 pmWith the maturing of the meaningful use incentive program, federal advisory groups are beginning to re-evaluate their roles and the best way to support providers moving forward. At today’s HIT S...

Largest HIX not threatened by payers

24 April 2014, 1:25 pmIn California's health exchange, the two Blues plans have sold more than half of all individual policies, driving home the point that established payers are not posing a problem for fledgling heal...

BEST Hospital IT Departments nominations now open

24 April 2014, 1:12 pmFor the fourth year in a row, Government Health IT's sister publication, Healthcare IT News is conducting an in-depth survey of health IT departments in the U.S. The survey, based on employees'...

Fed privacy enforcers sock health org with $1.7M penalty

23 April 2014, 3:35 pmThe HHS Office for Civil Rights has announced settlements today with two healthcare organizations for a combined $1,975,220 penalty after their unencrypted computers were stolen.   The bigges...

Is ICD-11 talk just a tactic to stall ICD-10?

23 April 2014, 1:44 pmICD-11 advocates are talking once again about leap-frogging over ICD-10 coding but it's hard to take such arguments seriously because the leapfroggers seem to be more interested in delaying ICD-10...

Tavenner announces Blum's departure

22 April 2014, 7:05 pmJonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be stepping down from his position on May 16. The announcement came by way of an internal email v...

Verizon breach report: healthcare behind curve

22 April 2014, 6:03 pmThe healthcare industry needs to start doing a few things differently when it comes to privacy and security -- one of them being: Start taking it seriously. This, according to Verizon's annual bre...

Major medical center's employee data breached

22 April 2014, 2:19 pmOfficials at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center say the number of employees affected by a data breach at the renowned center is much higher than originally reported - from 322 employees first...

Health.Mil

Help Your Children Recharge through Sleep

24 April 2014, 4:00 am Sleep is critical to a child’s growth and development. Putting children to bed every night at the same time helps them grow up happy and healthy. From the moment they wake up to the moment...

Defense Health Agency Pharmacy Leader to Retire

24 April 2014, 4:00 am Rear Adm. Thomas McGinnis, chief of the Defense Health Agency Pharmacy Operations Division. The chief of the Defense Health Agency Pharmacy Operations Division, U.S. Public Health Service R...

Athletes Soar at 2014 Air Force Trials

23 April 2014, 4:00 amAthletes celebrate a victory during the 2014 Air Force Trials at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev., in April.The 2014 Air Force Trials marked the military service branch’s first Warrior G...

Air Force Physician Assistant Wins Recognition

23 April 2014, 4:00 amLt. Col. Melanie Ellis examines a patient at Misawa Air Base in Japan, on Mar. 14, 2014. Ellis was recognized for her mentorship, experience and countless accomplishments in her 20-year career as a ph...

Life in Military Family Teaches Resilience, Kids Say

23 April 2014, 4:00 amJennifer Loredo and her children pose for a family photo in Falls Church, Va., in 2013. DoD photo by Daniel Henry.This is the eighth in an occasional series of blogs by Master Sgt. Jennifer Loredo for...

Military Health System Marks Earth Day

22 April 2014, 4:00 am  Today the Military Health System joins the world in celebrating the 44th annual Earth Day. What started as a small teach-in to honor the environment has evolved into a celebration of how f...

Army Medics Earn Ultimate Peacetime Award

22 April 2014, 4:00 amPfc. Ryoma Nichols after finishing the Expert Field Medical Badge's last test, a 12-mile road march on April 17, 2014. The badge is a Department of the Army special skill award recognizing exceptional...

TRICARE To Hold Webinar on Maternity and Well Child Coverage

21 April 2014, 4:00 am  In honor of the month of the military child, TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to educate TRICARE beneficiaries about maternity and well-child coverage. The webinar w...

Army Health News

Burn center addition helps patients acclimate to independent living

21 April 2014, 4:00 amPersonnel at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center discharged their first patient to use their Activities of Daily Living skills room designed to prepare recovering wounded warriors...

Privatization of Army lodging to benefit wounded warriors

21 April 2014, 4:00 amThe Staybridge Suites now under construction at Fort Belvoir, Va., is being designed specifically to cater to wounded warriors and their visiting family members.

Army lab teams up with Boston Marathon to prevent heat injury

16 April 2014, 4:00 amSince 2012, the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine has been an official course weather monitoring authority for the Boston Athletic Association and the Boston Marathon.

Stressors in life can result in greater resilience

15 April 2014, 4:00 amRepeated deployments into harm's way can accumulate unresolved tensions and stress, resulting in post-traumatic stress. On the other hand, Soldiers can learn adaptive techniques that inoculate them ag...

Surgeon general: Advances in brain health to help Soldiers, nation

15 April 2014, 4:00 amThe medical community is on the "precipice" of great advances in regards to brain health, said the Army's surgeon general.

Army first-aid kits include new eye shield

14 April 2014, 4:00 amThe new rigid eye shield is now part of the revised individual first-aid kit that was distributed to troops in the fall. When properly worn, the shields can protect the eye from further damage after a...

Sleep deprivation not uncommon for Soldiers

14 April 2014, 4:00 amSleep deprivation isn't just from insomnia or all-night partying. In the Army, lack of sleep often results from operational requirements or high-operations tempo training, said a brigade combat team c...

Fort Hood medical teams spring into action, save lives amid tragedy

10 April 2014, 4:00 amEvil reared its ugly head on Fort Hood, Texas, again April 2, 2014, and once again the everyday heroes of the "Great Place" rose up to meet it head-on. At the tip of that spear, as always, were the em...

HHS.Gov

Stolen laptops lead to important HIPAA settlements

22 April 2014, 5:01 amStolen laptops lead to important HIPAA settlements...

44th Anniversary of Earth Day

21 April 2014, 5:01 am44th Anniversary of Earth Day...

New National Biodefense Science Board members to advise HHS

16 April 2014, 5:01 amNew National Biodefense Science Board members to advise HHS...

Take action to be ready and resilient

11 April 2014, 5:01 amTake action to be ready and resilient, A statement by Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Nicole Lurie, M.D.

Historic release of data gives consumers unprecedented transparency on the medical services physicians provide and how much they are paid

9 April 2014, 5:01 amHistoric release of data gives consumers unprecedented transparency on the medical services physicians provide and how much they are paid...

HHS announces progress in disease prevention and health promotion

7 April 2014, 5:01 amHHS announces progress in disease prevention and health promotion...

National Public Health Week

7 April 2014, 5:01 amHHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh statement on National Public Health Week...

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Statement on National Minority Health Month

4 April 2014, 5:01 amHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Statement on National Minority Health Month...

Health.Com

Could More Coffee Lower Your Odds for Diabetes?

24 April 2014, 10:42 pmBy Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Drinking more coffee might lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, a new large U.S. study suggests. People who boost...

Eat This! Banana & Almond Butter Toast

24 April 2014, 9:19 pmPrepare for your tastebuds to do a happy dance.

Measles on Upswing Despite Vaccines’ Effectiveness: CDC

24 April 2014, 8:37 pmBy Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Vaccinations have prevented an estimated 732,000 deaths, 21 million hospitalizations and 322 million illnesses a...

Your Digestive Tract’s Surface Is the Size of a Studio Apartment

24 April 2014, 8:37 pmTHURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The inner surface of your gastrointestinal tract is as large as a small studio apartment, or between about 100 and 130 square feet, according to a new...

More Muscle May Help Kidney Dialysis Patients

24 April 2014, 8:37 pmTHURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For kidney dialysis patients, having more muscle improves their ability to walk and benefits their physical and mental health, according to a new stud...

Marijuana Use May Pose Heart Dangers, Study Suggests

24 April 2014, 8:33 pmMarijuana use might contribute to heart and artery disease among young and middle-aged adults, particularly those already at risk for cardiovascular problems, a small French study reports.

1 in 13 School-Aged Kids in the U.S. Take Psych Meds

24 April 2014, 8:19 pmMore than 7 percent of American schoolchildren are taking at least one medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties, a new government report shows.

FDA Approves HPV Test as Initial Screen for Cervical Cancer

24 April 2014, 7:37 pmBy Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a human papillomavirus (HPV) test as a first step in c...