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CMS offers holiday sale on audit appeals
By Modern Healthcare | August 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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.
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Hospitals often ignore policies on using qualified medical interpreters
By Sabriya Rice | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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.
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Experimental Ebola drug ZMapp proves promising in primate study
By Associated Press | August 30, 2014
An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa—once more of it can be made.
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New Novartis heart disease drug shows big promise in study
By Associated Press | August 30, 2014
A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade—a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20%.
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Federal judge strikes down Texas abortion clinic restrictions
By Associated Press | August 30, 2014
Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure.
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Modern Healthcare Community Leadership Awards voting begins
By Modern Healthcare | August 30, 2014
Voting is now underway for Modern Healthcare's Community Leadership Awards for 2014, recognizing healthcare executives for their service to those outside of the organizations they lead to improve their health and well-being of others.
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Pennsylvania Medicaid expansion may prove costly for patients
By Virgil Dickson | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Medicaid agreement between the Obama administration and Gov. Tom Corbett will extend coverage to more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians, but advocates for the state's low-income residents expressed concern over some concessions the CMS made to get another Republican-led state to expand the program.
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Outsourcing lab services can save money, but it's not that simple
By Jaimy Lee | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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.
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Hospital revenue growth slows to record low of 3.9%
By Beth Kutscher | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Signs are piling up that many hospitals will desperately need any boost they can get out of the health insurance gains generated by the healthcare reform law.
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Healthcare accreditors need to teach, and listen, too
By By Dr. W. Patrick Davey | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The shift of healthcare delivery from inpatient to outpatient settings continues at a rapid pace, allowing people to address their needs through practitioners and places never imagined 10 years ago.
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