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Prevention is key: Workplace violence in the hospital

With the recent news of several nurses in a Minnesota hospital being injured by a patient wielding a metal bar, the issue of healthcare workers facing violence in the workplace is again receiving media scrutiny. Those employed in emergency departments understand they are...

source: By Keith Carlson
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Some leading Republicans are open to replacing Medicare’s oft-criticized physician payment formula without a budgetary offset, potentially changing the dynamic surrounding an effort that stalled earlier this year without consensus on how to pay for the policy. Members...

source: By Melissa Attias, CQ Roll Call

Americans who received public insurance under the Affordable Care Act use the emergency department more frequently than before they were insured. If newly enrolled patients cannot access primary care, and instead rely...

source: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine

Health systems across California are working with not-for-profit organizations to divert patients from emergency departments as wait times increase and more residents obtain health insurance, the Sacramento Bee's "Healthy Choices" reports.

source: California Healthline

This week also starts the first of three weeks of testing the submission of ICD-10 coded claims to CMS. The other two weeks are in March and June. The conversion to ICD-10 starts Oct. 1, 2015. Some groups have complained that CMS hasn't allowed full end-to-end testing of...

source: Department of Health and Human Services

Alaska Gov.-elect Bill Walker's finally determined victory Saturday over incumbent Republican Sean Parnell could mean Alaska will be one of the next states to expand Medicaid. But whether the GOP-controlled Legislature will attempt to...

source: Modern Healthcare

Whether to accept federal money to expand Medicaid is shaping up as one of the biggest questions to face lawmakers when the General Assembly opens its 2015 session in January. If Republicans reverse course, an estimated 500,000 North Carolinians stand to gain coverage under...

source: Citizen-Times

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