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Northwestern Memorial reports strong revenue for quarter, and other briefs
By Modern Healthcare | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare reported stronger revenue for its second quarter, thanks primarily to its acquisition of a large physician practice group. Helped along by an influx of $395.4 million in
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Give ACOs a break, AHA tells CMS Innovation Center
By Melanie Evans | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The American Hospital Association is lobbying the CMS Innovation Center to make it easier for accountable care organizations to earn Medicare bonuses and delay potential penalties.
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The ACA's midterm report card
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With the Obama administration taking a victory lap after achieving its first-year goals for health insurance sign-ups, it's as good a time as any for reviewing its performance on all the reforms contained in the Affordable Care Act.
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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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FTC's Markus Meier outlines agency stance on ACOs, mergers, pay-for-delay
By Modern Healthcare | April 19, 2014
Markus Meier, assistant director for healthcare enforcement in the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, outlines the agency's view on accountable care organizations, hospitals' M&A activity, and drugmakers' play-for-delay tactics.
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Physician-industry teamwork advances care
By Dr. Robert E. Harbaugh | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Later this year, the CMS will start publishing data listing monetary interactions between physicians and biomedical companies as part of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. What will the headlines say?
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What’s needed next: Transparency in outcomes, and other letters
By Modern Healthcare | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In the April 14 issue, Merrill Goozner’s editorial, noting the potential value of the release by the CMS of individual physician payments, is immediately followed by a guest editorial from
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News
Inpatient psych quality data added to Hospital Compare
By John N. Frank | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Data on four quality measures for inpatient psychiatric facilities will be available effective today at the CMS' consumer-facing website Hospital Compare.
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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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A promising start
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Medicare's long-anticipated release of individual physician payments revealed there is huge potential in public use of this newly available data source—although not in the ways most observers expected.
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