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Deaths of newborn heart surgery patients at Pa. hospital raise red flags

By Michael Sandler  |  February 08, 2016

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children stopped performing non-emergency heart surgery pending internal review. The hospital did not reveal the reason behind the move, saying only that it is making progress in increasing volumes and improving performance, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Site-neutral Medicare payments on Congress' agenda

Site-neutral Medicare payments on Congress' agenda

By Shannon Muchmore  |  January 02, 2016

Congress is likely to take up a measure in the new year that would exempt hospital outpatient departments currently under construction from a “site-neutral” Medicare payment provision, which made it into the two-year budget deal in October that avoided a potential default on the...

Connecticut law addresses surprise facility fee charges

By Maria Castellucci  |  December 30, 2015

Connecticut patients who receive outpatient services at a hospital will be given fair warning before they are charged with facility fees under legislation that takes effect Jan. 1.

Herding hospital docs: Staffing firms buy MD groups

Herding hospital docs: Staffing firms buy MD groups

By Dave Barkholz  |  December 12, 2015

Physician groups are interested in selling to bigger organizations for a host of reasons, many of them related to the fast-changing business environment under new payment models and federal quality initiatives. And national staffing firms are vying to roll up hospital-based practices.

History of violence forced abortion clinics to prepare

By Adam Rubenfire  |  December 05, 2015

When a gunman killed three people and wounded nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in a Colorado abortion clinic last month, it was not surprising to those who have worked for the organization.

CMS' proposed discharge changes would hit home health agencies

CMS' proposed discharge changes would hit home health agencies

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 29, 2015

The CMS is proposing a massive overhaul of the discharge process for hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and home health agencies. The latter would likely be hardest hit, facing an annual cost of $283 million, the agency says.

Texas brings telemedicine care to children at school

Texas brings telemedicine care to children at school

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 29, 2015

Providers in the Lone Star State this week can start billing for telemedicine visits with Medicaid-enrolled children while they're in school. Lawmakers and providers say the move improves access for children whose parents can't miss work for doctor visits.

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