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Free-standing ERs eye lobbying to win state approval for growth

Free-standing ERs eye lobbying to win state approval for growth

Free-standing emergency room operators are exploring how to win state regulatory approval to expand their facilities nationwide despite opposition from hospitals.

Questions loom for insurers bulking up on government business

By Beth Kutscher  |  July 06, 2015
Questions loom for insurers bulking up on government business

Aetna's proposed $37 billion offer for Humana is about building strength and scale in the government insurance business, but some investors are nervous about whether the parties can deliver on expectations.

CMS will reimburse ICD-10 mistakes for one year after transition deadline

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 06, 2015

The CMS has made a concession in the transition to ICD-10. For a year past the Oct. 1 deadline, the CMS will pay for wrongly coded claims if the bad code is in the same broad family as the right one. That may be why the American Medical Association now says it will help get providers on board.


Research

Real estate investment trusts, 2015

Real estate investment trusts, 2015

The 16 largest healthcare real estate investment trusts, ranked by market capitalization as of May 31, 2015. Source: National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Published July 6, 2015, p. 34.


Government

Not all states reporting required Medicaid data, OIG says

A number of states still do not report required quarterly data about services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in managed care—information that's crucial to running Medicaid and protecting it from fraudsters, according to a study HHS' Office of Inspector General released Monday.

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