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Low-cost services make up bulk of unnecessary healthcare spending

Low-cost services make up bulk of unnecessary healthcare spending

By Maria Castellucci  |  October 03, 2017

An analysis of Virginia claims found that 93% of low-value services were also low-cost services like lab tests and medications, contradicting claims that unnecessary healthcare spending is concentrated in high-cost services.

CMS delays star ratings update, reconsiders methodology

CMS delays star ratings update, reconsiders methodology

By Maria Castellucci  |  September 28, 2017

The CMS told hospitals it will delay an update to the star ratings program on the Hospital Compare website until it has more time to evaluate possible methodology changes and stakeholder feedback.

NQF funding from Congress uncertain as deadline looms

NQF funding from Congress uncertain as deadline looms

By Maria Castellucci  |  September 27, 2017

Every few years, Congress authorizes funding for the National Quality Forum that makes up roughly 70% of its budget. But the organization still hasn't secured the dollars even though the funding deadline is Sept. 30.

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