Care Delivery

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. 

Everyone involved in health care that has access to controlled substances, whether they be a doctor or medical staff, should be subject to random drug tests opines Daniel R. Levinson, the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Erika T. Broadhurst, the OIG special agent on a 2013 case involving a fentanyl addicted technologist who infected more than 40 people with Hepatitis C by replacing fentanyl needles he stole with his own dirty needles filled with saline.