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Google ventures further into healthcare realm

Google's co-founders said earlier this month that they don't foresee the tech giant becoming a healthcare company, but in a new venture it plans to create a full picture of what a healthy human should look like.

Provider network complaints flood insurers

While policies with limited networks of doctors and hospitals existed before the Affordable Care Act, the backlash has been growing against narrow networks since exchange coverage kicked in.

Preventable medical error reporting still lacking in some hospitals

Preventable errors in hospitals still cause hundreds of thousands of death in the U.S. each year, but in some states such as Maryland, the exact number isn't readily available even though hospitals are supposed to report serious medical errors to state regulators an investigative article from the  Baltimore Sun  revealed.

Fist-bumps, high-fives more hygienic than handshakes

A new study in the  American Journal of Infection Control  provides further evidence that  f ist-bumps are a more hygienic alternative to handshakes or high-fives in a healthcare setting.

Sanders, Miller announce tentative VA deal

The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees have reached a tentative deal on Veterans Affairs reform legislation, according to the Associated Press.

Hospital purchases of medical groups catch regulators' eyes

When hospitals purchase specialty physician practices they tend to raise the prices for care rendered--a move that has caught the eye of federal regulators, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

Medical marijuana: Hospitals at a crossroads

Medical marijuana and medical facilities have yet to voluntarily join forces, and if they do, it will be an uneasy alliance at best.

False positives for lung cancer screening don't increase patient anxiety

In a study of National Lung Screening Trial participant responses to false positive diagnoses, those who received false positive screening did not report increased anxiety or a lower quality of life compared to those who received negative screening results.

House questions FTC's health data, cybersecurity authority

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT isn't the only federal agency being accused by Congress of not knowing the limitations of its regulatory authority when it comes to health IT. Similar charges were leveled at the Federal Trade Commission by members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform at a hearing on Thursday.

Former CMS head talks accountable care ROI

Both payers and providers can reap financial returns from ACO efforts, former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator and current Director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative at the Brookings Institution Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., told AAFP News.