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Hospital-acquired conditions mean Medicare penalties for 700-plus hospitals

Hospital-acquired conditions mean Medicare penalties for 700-plus hospitals

More than 700 hospitals will see their total Medicare payments docked by 1% in fiscal 2015 as part of the first year of a federal penalty program aimed at reducing preventable harm and improving patient safety.

Vermont governor abandons single-payer healthcare plan

By Associated Press  |  December 18, 2014
Vermont governor abandons single-payer healthcare plan

Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded healthcare system.


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MHInsights-How Hospitalists Can Lead on Quality

MHInsights-How Hospitalists Can Lead on Quality

As pressure mounts on hospitals to improve quality and reduce costs, they have turned to medicine's fastest-growing physician specialty—hospital medicine—to improve clinical performance and operational efficiency.


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Are compounding pharmacies safer now?

Are compounding pharmacies safer now?

The indictment of 14 people Wednesday—including two pharmacists on charges of second-degree murder—was the latest in a string of actions taken in response to a deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts compounder.

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Amedisys appoints new CEO

Amedisys appoints new CEO

The board of home health and hospice chain Amedisys appointed Paul Kusserow CEO as the company tries to recover from legal issues and stabilize its finances.

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