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Drug known as 'spice' sparks rise in ER visits, poison-control calls

The use of a drug called spice--a synthetic substance that mimics the effects of marijuana--has sparked a troubling rise in visits to emergency departments and calls to poison control, the  New York Times  reports.

How Main Line Health cut sepsis mortality rates by 55%

A Philadelphia hospital system's successes can serve as a blueprint for hospitals that aim to reduce the threat of sepsis, Hospitals & Health Networks reports.

Advance directives and end-of-life care: The conversation no one wants to have

My husband and I recently attended a funeral that was devoid of anything personal or unique about the deceased's life: Who she was, how her life mattered and how those who loved her will miss...

Blue Cross Blue Shield to change how retirees purchase health insurance

Blue Cross Blue Shield companies (BCBS) are changing how they offer health insurance to retirees. BCBS will launch an insurance exchange this summer to support employers' efforts to shift retirees from group health benefits to individual coverage that begins Jan 1., 2016.

Antibiotic shortages ratchet up superbugs' threat to patient safety

As controversy continues to swirl around superbug outbreaks in U.S. hospitals, a new study sounds the alarm that shortages of key antibiotics could make drug-resistant bacteria an even bigger threat to patients.

How house calls can cut down on hospital readmissions

The healthcare industry abounds with new ideas to reduce unplanned hospital readmissions and emergency department visits, but a New Jersey hospital has turned to a seemingly old-fashioned medical strategy--the house call.

Olympus waited to alert U.S. hospitals of scopes' superbug risk

Olympus Corp. warned hospitals in Europe about the risk of patient infections associated with a certain type of gastrointestinal scope two years before the devices were linked to a deadly superbug outbreak in California, the  Los Angeles Times  reports.

EHR fraud: A slippery slope

The future of health IT was looking pretty rosy this week in the afterglow of last week's annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference in Chicago. Interoperability....

What health insurance can learn from life and auto insurance

The health insurance industry could learn a thing or two from other industries in terms of how to make purchasing coverage more personalized and convenient for consumers.  FierceHealthPayer  rounded up examples from the life and auto industries to shed light on how payers can earn their members' trust and make the experience more both quicker and more enjoyable.

Number of ACOs on the rise, but growing at slower pace

Even as numerous providers drop out of Medicare's Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, the overall number of ACOs increased in 2014 at a slightly slower pace than the previous year, according to an analysis from consulting firm Oliver Wyman.