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Washington hospitals can't board psych patients in ER
By Beth Kutscher | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Starting this week, hospitals in Washington state will be prohibited from boarding psychiatric patients in emergency departments while they wait for inpatient beds to open up. The change comes as a result of a state Supreme Court ruling.
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Judge sides with Boston Globe in mental health patient profile
By Melanie Evans | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Both Steward Health Care System and the Boston Globe are claiming they got what they wanted in a recent court ruling in which the healthcare system sued the Globe regarding an article which had not yet been published.
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Obama administration proposes new workarounds on contraceptive coverage
By Paul Demko | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
UPDATED: The Obama administration is proposing a workaround to provide contraceptive coverage to employees of closely held companies that object on religious grounds. It was not immediately clear whether this latest compromise would finally defuse the controversy that has yielded dozens of lawsuits...
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States side with FTC against St. Luke's physician deal
By Beth Kutscher | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The attorneys general from 16 states have filed an amicus brief backing the Federal Trade Commission in its closely watched bid to undo an Idaho health system's acquisition of a physician practice.
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Vital Signs
RAND report takes you on a trip to dark side (of cybercrime)
By Joseph Conn | August 20, 2014
It's not Elmore Leonard, but for the average health information technology reader, a new RAND report, Markets for Cybercrime Tools and Stolen Data: Hackers' Bazaar, is still a gripper.
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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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Information
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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Hospitals in Washington state can't board psych patients in EDs, but where will they go?
By Beth Kutscher | August 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Starting next week, hospitals in Washington state will be prohibited from boarding psychiatric patients in emergency departments while they wait for inpatient beds to open up.
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Loyola med school in Chicago admits undocumented students, and other news
By Modern Healthcare | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Seven undocumented medical students started classes on Aug. 4 at Loyola University Chicago, but the school still is the only one in the state—and possibly the country—to intentionally enroll such students.
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Malpractice mediation undermined by HHS ruling
By Andis Robeznieks | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A little-noticed HHS ruling on reporting medical malpractice claims could get in the way of state efforts to promote an alternative dispute-resolution method that several academic medical centers have used effectively to improve quality and reduce lawsuits and damage awards.
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