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Hospitals focus on antibiotic overuse as CMS prepares new mandate

Hospitals focus on antibiotic overuse as CMS prepares new mandate

Antibiotic resistance is a threat to national security. That's how President Barack Obama described the rapid growth of such resistance when he issued an executive order in September instructing HHS and the Defense and Agriculture departments to take aggressive action on the issue.

CHI faces financial strains in building national network

By Melanie Evans  |  December 20, 2014

In the ongoing rush of healthcare deals, perhaps no other health system has been as aggressive as Catholic Health Initiatives, which has executed a dozen transactions in the past three years that have expanded its operations into health insurance and established a $1 billion foothold in Texas.

Recovery audit lawsuit dismissed by federal judge

By Adam Rubenfire  |  December 19, 2014

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit by hospitals seeking to compel HHS to meet statutory timelines for processing appeals to recovery audits. The American Hospital Association said in a statement that it disagrees with the court's decision and expects to file an appeal.


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Top hospitals in patient satisfaction, selected questions, 2013

Top hospitals in patient satisfaction, selected questions, 2013

A list of the top hospitals in patient satisfaction, based on two selected questions from the 2013 Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, and listed by percentage of respondents who answered "yes." Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


Insurance

Sometimes, it's good to be Blue (Cross Blue Shield)

One of the last pages of the massive spending bill Congress passed this month also included a line about the “modification of treatment of certain health organizations.” The wonky text essentially provided a break for Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, although they are not mentioned by...

Technology

House members seek change in 2015 EHR attestation period

Twenty-nine Republican House members have co-signed a letter with Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), calling on HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take immediate action to cut the 2015 reporting period for the federal electronic health records incentive-payment program from a full year to 90 days.

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