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FDA proposes ban on powdered gloves

The Food and Drug Administration announced a proposed ban on powdered medical gloves, arguing they pose a threat to patient and provider safety.

Kaiser spearheads patient-centered care, population health initiatives

The business of healthcare has become less about simply treating the sick and more about addressing a wide range of factors that impact patients' health. And one major provider has bet big on a more holistic approach to health.

Value-based payment model design pitfalls

To ensure that alternative payment models succeed, insurers and providers must avoid common missteps. 

Docs, patients clash over value of genetic test results

As the availability of direct-to-consumer genetic testing continues to grow, primary care physicians are faced with explaining the utility of these tests' results to patients, often to the dissatisfaction of both parties, according to an article in  Fast Company.

Physician leader: Core characteristics no longer enough to be a good doctor

The core characteristics that make for a good physician won't ever change, but to be a good doctor today takes even more, Lawrence Casalino, M.D., chief of the division of health policy and economics at Weill Cornell Medical College, told NEJM Catalyst.

Hospital communications: Train workers to look, listen

Miscommunication in healthcare is one of the top patient safety risks, contributing to up to a quarter of readmissions. But in a fast-paced, chaotic hospital setting, proper communication is easier said than done; to ensure it, healthcare leaders and workers must acquire key skills, according to  Becker's Hospital Review.  

Looming e-prescribing mandate giving docs pause

Doctors have mixed views on the New York state law that mandates e-prescribing.

The free market and public criticism finally pushes back on ever-rising drug prices

If you Google the words "Valeant Pharmaceuticals" and "cratered," nearly 10,000 results appear. Little wonder: Valeant's CEO just bailed out after returning from medical...

PCAST report highlights critical need to design and deploy technologies, policies specific to aging Americans

Last week, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a new report with recommendations for the federal government when it comes to advancing policies on telehealth and electronic health records, among other things, to help older Americans live more independent lives. Mobile health, as we note here every week, has tremendous potential to help aging populations by providing faster and easier access to care and keep costs down. But, as the PCAST report reveals, none of these benefits can be tapped without substantial federal government support, action and commitment.

NQF issues new guidance on federal healthcare quality measures

A partnership that aims to help the federal government select performance measures has issued recommendations on new quality measures for several federal healthcare programs, including the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Medicare Shared Savings Program.