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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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AHA goes after 'two-midnight' rule in court
By John N. Frank | April 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The controversial “two-midnight” rule just got a little more controversial; the American Hospital Association Monday filed two lawsuits against the rule and was joined in its suit by several state hospital associations and individual hospitals.
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Burwell seen as a drama-free pick to lead HHS
By Virgil Dickson | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In nominating Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, as his next HHS secretary, President Barack Obama has chosen someone recognized by insiders on both sides of the political aisle as an effective manager who is unlikely to become snagged in the politics of...
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Smooth confirmation expected for 'highly competent' Burwell
By Virgil Dickson | April 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In nominating Sylvia Mathews Burwell as his next HHS secretary, President Barack Obama has chosen someone recognized by insiders on both sides of the political aisle as an effective manager who is unlikely to become snagged in the politics of Obamacare.
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HHS nominee Burwell faces formidable task in cementing ACA
By Paul Demko | April 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
On Thursday morning, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius used the platform of a budget hearing on Capitol Hill to announce that enrollment in Obamacare's exchanges topped 7.5 million. A day later, she stood beside the president as he announced her resignation and introduced her successor.
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Vital Signs
Doctors' bad paperwork leads to $2B in inappropriate Medicare payments
By Virgil Dickson | April 10, 2014
Many physicians are failing to adequately document the face-to-face visits now required for home-health referrals, which has led Medicare to make $2 billion in inappropriate payments to home-health agencies, according to a report from HHS' Office of the Inspector General.
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High drug prices skewing payouts to some physicians
By Joe Carlson | April 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A close inspection of Medicare's physician payment data reveals that many of the highest-paying codes for eye doctors relate to the use of a drug for macular degeneration that costs $2,000 a dose.
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OIG reverses course, opposes private HIE fee plan
By Joseph Conn | April 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Office of Inspector General at HHS has done an unusual about-face on its own 2011 ruling regarding whether a payment method for a privately run health information exchange service runs afoul of federal anti-kickback laws.
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Magazine
FDA calls for risk-rating health IT
By Jaimy Lee | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Food and Drug Administration has proposed that health information technology products should be classified into three categories based on their potential risks to patient safety, rather than by their technology platform.
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Vital Signs
FDA redefines terms 'spouse' and 'family' to include same-sex partners
By Virgil Dickson | April 03, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is redefining its definitions of the terms “spouse” and “family” to included legally married same-sex individuals.
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