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North Shore-LIJ creates outsourcing firm for ICD-10 coding
By Bob Herman | September 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Great Neck, N.Y., said Monday it has created a new division called HealthForce to help other providers improve their coding in the runup to the ICD-10 rollout next year.
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For their first year, ACOs see varied scores in quality measures
By Melanie Evans | September 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Quality varied widely among Medicare accountable care organizations during their first year, with a few earning millions of dollars in bonuses but scoring below average on all but a handful of quality measures.
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Second-quarter health spending steady as economy rebounds
By Melanie Evans | September 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A new federal snapshot of the U.S. economy provides no evidence that the millions of newly insured Americans fueled faster growth in health spending immediately after Obamacare's first enrollment push, even amid overall improvement in the nation's economic footing.
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Reform Update: Narrow-network concerns spur legal, regulatory, political action
By Paul Demko | September 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has heightened concerns about narrow-network plans that have proved popular with consumers during the first year of insurance exchange operations under the federal healthcare law. Insurers and many healthcare economists argue that limiting consumer...
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Industry skittish about Open Payments database launch
By Jaimy Lee | September 26, 2014
With less than a week to go before the CMS unveils a new database describing payments made by industry to doctors and teaching hospitals, anxiety is high for the many people and organizations with their reputations on the line.
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Medicare's Pioneer program down to 19 ACOs after three more exit
By Melanie Evans | September 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Three more accountable care organizations dropped out of Medicare's Pioneer program, which was designed to test the payment and delivery model with a small group of elite providers deemed best prepared to handle the operational demands and financial risks.
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Third U.S. Ebola patient released from hospital
By Associated Press | September 25, 2014
An elated Dr. Rick Sacra said at a news conference that he was cleared of the Ebola virus by the federal Centers for Disease Control and left the isolation unit at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on Thursday morning.
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Reform Update: Sunshine Act website has current challenges, big potential
By Darius Tahir | September 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare industry groups are bracing for the rollout of another Obamacare-mandated federal website. It's the scheduled Sept. 30 debut of the Open Payments site presenting data on medical manufacturers' payments to physicians and teaching hospitals. Supporters such as Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)...
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CMS seeks to clarify coverage for autism treatment under CHIP, Medicaid
By Virgil Dickson | September 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS has moved to clarify confusion about a bulletin it released in July on coverage for comprehensive autism treatment under Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Uncertainty centered on whether the CMS was mandating coverage for applied-behavior analysis therapy, a costly...
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University of Rochester Medical Center sets sights on rural hospital
By Bob Herman | September 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center wants to add a fourth hospital to its network: Noyes Health in Danville, N.Y., a small town located about 50 miles from Rochester.
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