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Hospitals often ignore policies on using qualified medical interpreters

As the U.S. grows increasingly more linguistically and culturally diverse, some safety experts worry that healthcare providers too often are not making professional interpreter and translator services available to patients and families, increasing the risk of adverse events....

CMS offers holiday sale on audit appeals

In a pre-Labor Day weekend bid to lower its backlog of contentious payment disputes, the CMS late Friday offered to pay hospitals 68% of all medical claims appealed by the service providers after having been rejected by outside auditors....

Outsourcing lab services can save money, but it's not that simple

Hospitals increasingly are outsourcing nonclinical services such as laundry and food to save money. Now, some are turning the cost spotlight on clinical services such as labs and diagnostic imaging. But such moves require hospitals to evaluate service and quality issues....

Obamacare's political turning point

We've come to a fascinating point in the Obamacare political battle where Republican candidates aren't sure they still want to attack Democrats over the law, and Democrats still aren't sure they want to claim credit for it....

CMS finalizes EHR meaningful-use rule, adds some flexibility

The CMS late Friday finalized a rule allowing hospitals and eligible professionals more flexibility in how they meet meaningful-use requirements for the electronic health-record incentive program. The agency had first proposed the idea in a May draft rule. Friday's final rule left the May proposal......

Reform Update: Healthcare interests spending big in Calif. fight over premium regulation

Normally, backers of a ballot initiative that polls show has support from 7 out of 10 registered voters could sit back and start planning their victory party. But that's not the case with California's health insurance-focused Proposition 45....

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Providers see little enthusiasm to join Pioneer ACOs
By Melanie Evans | September 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Federal officials are floating the idea of expanding Medicare's Pioneer model for accountable care organizations, but they might struggle to recruit any new participants.
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CMS finalizes EHR meaningful-use rule, adds some flexibility
By Darius Tahir | August 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS late Friday finalized a rule allowing hospitals and eligible professionals more flexibility in how they meet meaningful-use requirements for the electronic health-record incentive program.
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Reform Update: Healthcare interests spending big in Calif. fight over premium regulation
By Paul Demko | August 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Normally, backers of a ballot initiative that polls show has support from 7 out of 10 registered voters could sit back and start planning their victory party. But that's not the case with...
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Pennsylvania becomes 27th state to expand Medicaid
By Associated Press | August 28, 2014
A half-million more low-income Pennsylvanians are in line to get federally funded health insurance after HHS approved the state's plan to accept Medicaid expansion money under the landmark 2010...
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Reform Update: Facing ACA mandates, insurers diversify into technology
By Beth Kutscher | August 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health insurance companies, now required to spend the lion's share of premium revenue on patient care, are looking for higher investment returns elsewhere. As a result, they're increasingly putting...
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Short-term Medicare and Medicaid spending to dip, CBO projects
By Paul Demko | August 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Spending on Medicare and Medicaid is expected to be roughly $100 billion less than previously anticipated over the next decade in large part because of reductions in the cost of labor and medical...
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U.S. to begin safety-testing Ebola vaccine next week
By Associated Press | August 28, 2014
Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus
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Former HHS cybersecurity official found guilty on child porn charges
By Bob Herman | August 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federal jury has convicted a former technology official within HHS on charges related to child pornography, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday.
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Ice Bucket Challenge offers great lessons in healthcare fundraising
By Rachel Landen | August 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
While social media is deluged with videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads in the name of ALS advocacy and philanthropy, other healthcare not-for-profits can find marketing...
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Reform Update: Ascension deals signal new economic reality in healthcare
By Melanie Evans | August 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Ascension Health, one of the nation's largest hospital owners, is expanding rapidly with a string of announced deals that its CEO says will grow its reach beyond hospitals to keep pace with rapid...
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Most-costly ACA plans cheapest for specialty drug patients
By Paul Demko | August 27, 2014
Individuals with chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis or cancer will likely spend far less money if they enroll in platinum plans through the exchanges, even though those typically have the...
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HealthCare.gov computing change puzzles IT experts
By Virgil Dickson | August 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS is planning on a change in data-hosting tactics as it seeks a new contractor to run HealthCare.gov. The agency expects the change will help avoid glitches in the exchange site operations but...
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