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IHS hospital in South Dakota threatened with funds cutoff

By Associated Press  |  May 24, 2016

The CMS threatened Monday to cut off Medicare and Medicaid funding to an Indian Health Service hospital in Rapid City—the third South Dakota hospital serving Native Americans that's been found to have serious deficiencies in recent months.

Bill targets socio-economic factors in hospital readmissions

Bill targets socio-economic factors in hospital readmissions

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 19, 2016

The bipartisan legislation put forward this week would also allow off-campus hospital outpatient departments currently under construction to continue receiving higher rates than similar facilities that aren't owned by hospitals.

MACRA struggles in evaluating long-term care

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 13, 2016

The new model for Medicare reimbursement is still geared more toward acute care, skilled nursing and institutional care than long-term care provided in the community, advocates say.

Blog: Prescribing generic drugs could have saved $73 billion

By Sabriya Rice  |  May 09, 2016

The nation could have saved an estimated $73 billion from 2010 to 2012 if clinicians had more frequently prescribed alternatives to brand-name drugs, according to a new study. The total out-of pocket savings for patients would have been about $25 billion.

CMS delays star ratings for HealthCare.gov plans

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 04, 2016

The CMS has delayed plans to roll out a star-rating system intended to help consumers make informed health coverage decisions when shopping on HealthCare.gov.

Rush, Cigna hatch deal to improve patient care

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  May 03, 2016

It's a tough feat keeping track of people unnecessarily racking up mileage in the ER or making sure they take their medications on time. But if Rush Health in Chicago can hit certain quality measures and cut medical costs while doing so, they can essentially get a financial bonus from Cigna.

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