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Medicare patients often see nurses instead of docs for skin problems
By Kaiser Health News via NPR | August 20, 2014
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are taking on more and more responsibility for primary care these days. And an analysis of Medicare data finds many of these healthcare providers are performing procedures you might not have expected.
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Carondelet to pay $35 million in rehab overbilling case
By Modern Healthcare | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Carondelet Health Network, a Tucson, Ariz.-based division of Ascension Health, has agreed to pay $35 million to settle allegations that two of its hospitals inappropriately billed Medicare and other federal health programs for inpatient rehabilitation care.
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Summa CEO Strauss to retire
By Bob Herman | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Summa Health System CEO Tom Strauss will retire by the end of this year, the Akron, Ohio-based system announced Tuesday. Strauss, 61, has led Summa for 15 years. Summa's board is creating a CEO search committee to find Strauss' replacement.
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U.S. won't reveal records on HealthCare.gov security
By Associated Press | August 19, 2014
After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's healthcare website because doing so could "potentially" allow...
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Dignity Health teams with SAS for analytics to address Medicare penalties
By Joseph Conn | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dignity Health is jumping into predictive analytics with a new tech partner, analytics firm SAS. Initially, Dignity will be targeting what many other healthcare organizations have been aiming at in a recent wave of projects involving predictive analytics, namely to reduce readmissions subject to...
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CMS considers covering HIV screening for all Medicare beneficiaries
By Virgil Dickson | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS has accepted a request from HIV/AIDS advocates to consider paying for HIV screening of all Medicare beneficiaries without regard to perceived risk behavior rather than only for pregnant women and those at high risk for the virus.
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Molina Healthcare names new medical chief
By Bob Herman | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Managed-care insurer Molina Healthcare has named Dr. Keith Wilson chief medical officer. He has been with Long Beach, Calif.-based Molina since March 2013, serving as VP of clinical services for Molina's medical clinics and American Family Care, a subsidiary of the company.
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Reform Update: Medical-home adoption growing; evidence of effectiveness still elusive
By Andis Robeznieks | August 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Primary care is a foundation of healthcare reform efforts, and patient-centered medical homes are one of the delivery system innovations encouraged by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But recent studies present a mixed picture of the effectiveness of medical homes in improving...
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Many could lose out on EHR incentives payments
By Modern Healthcare | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Billions of dollars in federal electronic health-record incentive payments appear to be in jeopardy as hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals that got an early start on the payment program face a more stringent set of criteria this year, according to a Modern Healthcare analysis of...
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Healthcare groups ponder D.C. strategy after elections
By Andis Robeznieks | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Healthcare industry groups are calculating what they can get done in the lame-duck Congress following the November elections and in the new session that follows, which could feature Republican control of both chambers.
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