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More critical-access hospital closings likely
By Michael Sandler | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Amid ongoing federal scrutiny of the extra funding paid small hospitals to serve remote areas, the number of critical-access hospitals in the U.S. continued to fall over the past year, according to Modern Healthcare magazine's annual review of CMS data published in this week's By the Numbers list.
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Last two days to vote on Community Leadership Awards
By Modern Healthcare | September 30, 2014
Wednesday, Oct. 1, is the last day to vote on Modern Healthcare's Community Leadership Awards for 2014. The awards recognize healthcare executives for their service to those outside of the organizations they lead to improve their health and well-being.
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Incentive-based contracts thriving in commercial insurance market
By Melanie Evans | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health plans that cover two-thirds of commercially insured Americans used incentives this year to motivate hospitals and doctors to improve quality and manage costs, according to a new survey. Those contracts were responsible for 40% of insurers' medical spending.
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September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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Reform Update: Doc groups concerned over looming Medicare penalties tied to quality reporting
By Andis Robeznieks | September 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare will begin docking physicians' pay next year if they decline to report on quality measures under the voluntary Physician Quality Reporting System launched in 2007. Providers, however, remain confused and frustrated by its framework.
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VA settles complaints by 3 Phoenix whistle-blowers
By Associated Press | September 29, 2014
The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it has reached financial settlements with three employees who faced retaliation after filing whistle-blower complaints about the troubled Phoenix VA hospital.
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U.S. doctor exposed to Ebola virus admitted to NIH
By Associated Press | September 29, 2014
An American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone was admitted Sunday to a hospital at the National Institutes of Health near the nation's capital.
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RACs recouped $3B for Medicare in 2013
By Bob Herman | September 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare's recovery auditors returned more than $3 billion into the program's coffers last year, a new government report shows. And providers that appealed those audits won less than 1 in 5 tries. While the RAC trade group cheered the report, it isn't quelling provider criticism of the RAC program.
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