Care Delivery

A national nurses’ union is accusing Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas of putting healthcare workers at risk in its handling of the U.S. Ebola case, according to USA Today.

The second healthcare worker from Dallas who contracted Dallas had taken an airline flight from Cleveland to Dallas the day before she reported symptoms of the disease, reports The New York Times.

At-home physician services may prove to generate savings, according to an article in ABC News.

Shortly after the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the U.S., Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital formally responded to criticisms about his care, according to Huffington Post.

Wal-Mart’s elimination of health insurance coverage for 30,000 part-time workers may actually be a boom to more progressive health reform models like a single-payer system, according to Salon.

On the same day that Thomas Eric Duncan died of Ebola, an urgent care clinic in Frisco, Texas is reporting that another patient is exhibiting symptoms of the virus, reports Modern Healthcare.

The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is facing mounting criticism due to its handling of the first Ebola case in the U.S., reports The Dallas Morning News.

Montefiore Pioneer ACO in Bronx, N.Y., saved Medicare $24 million last year—and, thanks to its shared savings agreement, got to pocket $13 million of it. The Washington Post explores how it accomplished this feat in a system where 80 percent of patients receive Medicaid or Medicare. 

Big data can offer insight on patients’ diagnoses and possible complications in a way that is much less costly and time-consuming than clinical trials, reports New York Times Magazine.

Nashville’s next big thing may be healthcare data mining, reports The Tennessean.

Healthcare reform is about reducing waste and increasing the focus on prevention and high quality care. But at the end of the day, will it make people healthier? “Probably not, unless individuals, families and communities begin dealing with the multiple impediments to health in our daily lives and change their behavior accordingly,” wrote Alice M. Rivlin in a Brookings Institution brief.

Calling the program overly stringent, four Pioneer accountable care organizations are ending their experimental venture into the higher risk and reward payment agreement with Medicare. They join the nine ACOs that exited the program last year.