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Docs take note: Make quality-reporting deadline or face penalty

By Andis Robeznieks  |  December 18, 2014

Physician advocates are warning doctors to pay close attention to the CMS' recently released Physician Quality Reporting System data submission deadlines, because the 2014 data they report will be used to calculate their future Medicare payments.

Supreme Court decision could mean $65 billion in lost insurance subsidies

By Paul Demko  |  December 18, 2014

Florida residents would lose $12.3 billion in financial assistance in 2016 if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down insurance subsidies for states that haven't established their own exchanges, according to an analysis done by Democratic staffers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Ebola fears speed changes in U.S. hospital record systems

By Reuters  |  December 18, 2014

The worst Ebola outbreak on record, and its spread beyond West Africa, has accelerated changes in how U.S. hospitals address the threat of infectious diseases, say health IT companies and industry experts.

Two will plead guilty to Rite Aid surplus resale scheme

By Lisa Schencker  |  December 18, 2014

A former vice president of Rite Aid Corp. and his business associate have signed tentative agreements saying they'll plead guilty to allegations they duped the company out of $14.6 million by profiting from deceptive sales of its surplus inventory.

Stent average price drops in a competitive market segment

By Jaimy Lee  |  December 18, 2014

The average price paid by hospitals for drug-eluting stents fell 6% over the last year as hospitals continue to push back on the prices of physician preference items, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

Providers balk as CMS announces penalties for 2013 EHR issues

By Joseph Conn  |  December 18, 2014

A CMS announcement that many doctors will see their 2015 Medicare payments cut by 1% for failing to meet federal electronic health-record incentive-payment program standards has provoked strong reactions from physician and hospital groups.

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