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Cuts proposed for hospital outpatient surgery rates
By Joe Carlson | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
HHS' Office of the Inspector General recommended last week that the CMS seek congressional approval to pay the same rates for surgeries in hospital outpatient departments that Medicare pays for procedures done by freestanding ambulatory surgery centers.
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Diabetes complications have plunged since 1990: CDC
By Sabriya Rice | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Substantial declines have occurred during the past 20 years in the rates of five major diabetes-related complications, with the biggest drops seen in cardiovascular events, the CDC says in a new report.
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Health spending up after years of 'self-rationing,' report finds
By Andis Robeznieks | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Patients are returning to the healthcare system after “several years of self-rationing,” as reflected in a 3.2% increase in 2013 prescription-drug expenditures to $329.2 billion, according to a new report.
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Unifying a disorganized system
By Steven Ross Johnson | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Health disparity might not have been a term Lloyd Dean, president and CEO of Dignity Health, was familiar with as a child growing up in Muskegon, Mich. But it was something he quickly became aware of once he began attending school in a neighborhood more affluent than the one where he lived.
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State plans for dual-eligibles face tough challenges
By Virgil Dickson | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Several states are engaging in initiatives under the CMS' Financial Alignment Initiative to improve care for more than 9 million dual-eligibles by integrating Medicaid and Medicare benefits. But questions loom about enrollment volume, physician participation, plan quality, and whether costs will be...
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Data Points
By Modern Healthcare | March 22, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
How much does a 12-week course of sofosbuvir for treatment of hepatitis C cost? Read Data Points and find out.
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Shelter for convalescence | Hospitals link with respite programs to aid homeless patients through recovery
By Steven Ross Johnson | March 22, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Medical respite programs—not-for-profit programs that receive funding from hospitals, government grants and private donations—seek to address the problems homeless patients and healthcare providers face when those patients leave the hospital.
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Time for healthcare to embrace change, let go of inpatient model
By Kenneth Kaufman | March 15, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The healthcare business model has reached an inflection point—from inpatient to outpatient.
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Medication use is rising for adults with attention disorder, report says
By New York Times | March 12, 2014
The number of young American adults taking medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder nearly doubled from 2008 to 2012, according to a report by the nation's largest prescription drug manager.
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Making physicians pay off | Hospitals struggle to balance current costs with future benefits of employing docs
By Beth Kutscher | February 22, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Systems across the country have been rapidly buying physician groups to expand their referral networks and prepare for a not-too-distant future where they will have to manage the health of their patient populations and be held financially accountable for meeting cost and outcomes goals.
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