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Hospitals oppose cuts to outpatient surgery rates
By Joe Carlson | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Pressure is mounting in Washington to cut Medicare's rates for hospital outpatient surgeries, even though government prices already fail to cover hospitals' costs.
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Most laboratory errors happen outside the lab, ECRI report finds
By Sabriya Rice | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Laboratory errors don't necessarily originate in the lab itself, contrary to what many hospitals might think, according to a new ECRI Institute patient-safety report studying the impact of lab-testing errors in the clinical setting.
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Healthbox lands $7 million for expansion
By John Pletz , Crain's Chicago Business | April 17, 2014
Healthbox, an accelerator focused on healthcare startups, raised $7 million to expand its operations as more money flows into the medical and insurance industries that are searching for ways to improve care and lower costs.
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Cut prices for low-risk hospital outpatient surgeries: HHS report
By Joe Carlson | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare should pay hospitals less for low-risk outpatient surgeries, the program's fiscal watchdog suggests in a report published this morning.
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Boston-area hospitals partner on new health system
By Rachel Landen | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Tufts Medical Center, Boston, and Lowell (Mass.) General Hospital are partnering to form a health system to encourage collaboration between academic teaching hospitals and community-based providers.
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Price transparency needed from all stakeholders, HFMA task force says
By Rachel Landen | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospitals and health plans should serve as front-line resources on healthcare price information for patients who want to make more informed decisions about their healthcare. But government and employers should also help consumers understand healthcare prices, according to a report released today by...
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AHA lawsuit over 'two-midnight' rule called uphill battle
By Joe Carlson | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
No matter how strong their legal arguments, hospitals will have a tough time convincing judges to overturn Medicare's controversial new rules on classifying inpatients, some legal experts say.
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Phoebe Putney expands ICU telemedicine services
By Albany (Ga.) Herald | April 15, 2014
In September, the adult intensive-care units at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's main campus in Albany, Ga., were equipped with tele-ICU services by partnering with Advanced ICU Care. Beginning Tuesday, Phoebe's north campus will implement these services in its intensive-care unit as well.
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Feds extend funds to Fla. hospitals for one more year
By Associated Press | April 15, 2014
Federal health officials have agreed to funnel $2 billion to Florida hospitals and providers that serve uninsured patients for another year.
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Hospital, doctor prices rise in March
By Melanie Evans | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Prices for inpatient hospital care accelerated slightly more rapidly last month than prices for outpatient services, as the overall Consumer Price Index for hospitals increased 0.8%.
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