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CMS will reimburse ICD-10 mistakes for one year after transition deadline

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 06, 2015

The CMS has made a concession in the transition to ICD-10. For a year past the Oct. 1 deadline, the CMS will pay for wrongly coded claims if the bad code is in the same broad family as the right one. That may be why the American Medical Association now says it will help get providers on board.

Not all states reporting required Medicaid data, OIG says

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 06, 2015

A number of states still do not report required quarterly data about services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in managed care—information that's crucial to running Medicaid and protecting it from fraudsters, according to a study HHS' Office of Inspector General released Monday.

Emdeon to buy Altegra in $910 million health IT acquisition

By Joseph Conn  |  July 06, 2015

Revenue-cycle management and claims clearinghouse services provider Emdeon has inked a deal to acquire Altegra, a purveyor of healthcare consumer engagement technology for payers and self-insured employers.

Demand for 3D boosts price paid for digital mammography systems

Demand for 3D boosts price paid for digital mammography systems

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 06, 2015

The average price providers paid for digital mammography systems was up 22% between February and April compared with the same period last year, fueled by increasing interest in 3D systems, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

St. Barnabas Medical Center gets new CEO

St. Barnabas Medical Center gets new CEO

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 06, 2015

Stephen Zieniewicz has been named president and CEO of St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., a part of West Orange, N.J.-based Barnabas Health.

Questions loom for insurers bulking up on government business

Questions loom for insurers bulking up on government business

By Beth Kutscher  |  July 06, 2015

Aetna's proposed $37 billion offer for Humana is about building strength and scale in the government insurance business, but some investors are nervous about whether the parties can deliver on expectations.

'Stunning' number of extreme drug doses by doc, expert says

By Associated Press  |  July 06, 2015

Patients of a Detroit-area doctor received "stunning" doses of a powerful, expensive drug, exposing them to life-threatening infections, an expert testified Monday as a judge heard details about a cancer specialist who fleeced insurance companies and harmed hundreds of people.

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