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Michigan hospital back in Medicare's good graces

By Tom Henderson, Crain's Detroit Business  |  May 05, 2016

Officials for St. John Providence Health System have been told that St. John River District Hospital in St. Clair, Mich., is back in compliance with Medicare standards and a decision to terminate the hospital's participation in Medicare has been rescinded.

CMS delays star ratings for HealthCare.gov plans

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 04, 2016

The CMS has delayed plans to roll out a star-rating system intended to help consumers make informed health coverage decisions when shopping on HealthCare.gov.

Should physicians have to retire at a certain age? Take our poll

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 03, 2016

Other high-risk industries set age limits. Should there be one for doctors? More than 99,000 U.S. physicians 70 and older had an active license to practice medicine in 2014. Some experts are concerned age-related issues like vision loss and poor mobility might lead to patient safety lapses. Share...

Rush, Cigna hatch deal to improve patient care

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  May 03, 2016

It's a tough feat keeping track of people unnecessarily racking up mileage in the ER or making sure they take their medications on time. But if Rush Health in Chicago can hit certain quality measures and cut medical costs while doing so, they can essentially get a financial bonus from Cigna.

Two reservation hospitals agree to quality-of-care changes

By Associated Press  |  May 02, 2016

Two government-run hospitals on Native American reservations in South Dakota will keep receiving crucial federal funding after agreeing to undertake significant measures to improve the quality of care provided to patients.

Medicare's new quality program targets measurement fatigue

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 30, 2016

The CMS is preparing to cull the number of quality metrics that physicians have to report as it rolls three quality-incentive programs into what Congress conceived as a more harmonized framework.

Andrew Bindman named director at AHRQ

By Michael Sandler  |  April 28, 2016

Dr. Andrew Bindman has been named director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, effective May 2. Sharon Arnold has served as acting director since March, when Richard Kronick stepped down. Kronick had led AHRQ, a division of HHS, since August 2013.

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