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The CMS rolled out new star ratings for over 3,500 hospitals this week based on consumer reviews, and only 7% received five-star ratings. Four- and three-star ratings, meanwhile, combined to make up 74% of the total ratings. Another 16% of hospitals received two stars, and 3%—101 hospitals total—received one star.

The Wall Street Journal poses an interesting question for both the specialty of radiology and the millions of women in 21 states who will be notified that they have dense breasts: What should they do about it?

Healthcare providers looking to engage patients will find a key enabling—and potentially disruptive—tool in their back pockets: the smartphone.  Writing in the Saturday edition of the Wall Street Journal, cardiologist Eric Topol, MD, reviews a growing portfolio of powerful new applications and devices that can diagnose an ear infection, monitor mental health, track heart rhythms and even generate x-rays.

A breach at an Alabama hospital that resulted in a two-year jail term for a hospital employee suggests that insider threats to patient data security may be greater challenge than many providers understand.

Though I’m sure much of the news we write about this year will be unexpected, there are a handful of stories I’m excited to watch develop.

One of the topics weighing heavily on the minds of those providers who perused all the new CT imaging equipment on display at RSNA 2014 was the new legislation dedicated to medical imaging as it relates to making provisions to more strictly control CT dosage requirements under NEMA Standard XR-29-2013.

The Wall Street Journal released sobering analysis of basic spending by the American middle class this week based on consumer spending data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report puts into stark relief the rising role of consumerism in healthcare delivery: Healthcare spending was up 24% and income rose a mere half percentage point.

A NIBIB director describes three areas of research with big-impact potential and poised to go from bench to bedside.

How hospitals and emergency departments deal with incidental findings was the subject of a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, in which three programs were identified that ensure referring physicians, PCPs and patients are made aware of the incidentaloma.

Astronomers working with the high-resolution Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have penetrated clouds of gas and dust to capture the best images ever recorded of planetary formation 450 light-years from Earth.

In light of recent data theft at retailers and other businesses, as well as amid fears of additional data breaches as the healthcare environment migrates to the digital world, Johns Hopkins information security experts have helped organize a conference to inform top executives about the growing risks of digital break-ins, how to reduce these risks, and how to manage the aftermath of a data breach.

The latest healthcare hack appears to have been the HealthCare.gov website, federal officials confirmed last week. Hackers uploaded malware to a test server for the federal health insurance exchange.