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Talking points: Daschle, Leavitt on reshaping healthcare

By Matthew Weinstock and Paul Barr  |  November 25, 2017

Mike Leavitt and Tom Daschle sit on different ends of the political spectrum, but they share a common goal of seeing a public-private partnership drive innovation in healthcare.

Slumping Medicare margins put hospitals on precarious cliff

Slumping Medicare margins put hospitals on precarious cliff

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 25, 2017

Medicare margins are in a free-fall. In 2015, the aggregate margin hit a negative 7.1% across hospitals and could sink to -10% this year. Hospitals face enormous pressure to offset the losses.

Breastfeeding image joins the throng of emojis

Breastfeeding image joins the throng of emojis

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 25, 2017

A London neonatal nurse thought there was something missing from the array of available emojis: one representing a mother breastfeeding.

Sheep show a flair for recognizing faces

Sheep show a flair for recognizing faces

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 25, 2017

A team of Cantabrigian researchers trained eight female Welsh mountain sheep to recognize the faces of four famous people to determine how sheep measure up to monkeys and humans in the task.

Remembering health policy sage Uwe Reinhardt

Remembering health policy sage Uwe Reinhardt

By Harris Meyer  |  November 25, 2017

Uwe Reinhardt, professor of economics at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, died earlier this month at age 80.

Editorial: Tax the sick, punish the poor

Editorial: Tax the sick, punish the poor

By Merrill Goozner  |  November 25, 2017

The Senate returns from its Thanksgiving break intent on passing some version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the House-backed bill that taxes the sick and punishes the poor to reward those who benefit most from America's bounty.

Providers and vendors team up for user-friendly EHRs

Providers and vendors team up for user-friendly EHRs

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  November 25, 2017

As healthcare inches toward value-based care, EHRs are more important than ever. Vendors are working with providers to improve their offerings, going beyond meeting the bare minimum federal requirements for their software.

Data Points: Getting a handle on readmissions

Data Points: Getting a handle on readmissions

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 25, 2017

Although strides have been made to curb readmissions, the problem still plagues the healthcare system. Medicare, under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, has been penalizing hospitals for excess readmission rates since fiscal 2013. Penalties will hit $528 million in 2017, roughly $108...

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