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Hospitals focus on antibiotic overuse as CMS prepares new mandate

Hospitals focus on antibiotic overuse as CMS prepares new mandate

By Maureen McKinney  |  December 20, 2014

Antibiotic resistance is a threat to national security. That's how President Barack Obama described the rapid growth of such resistance when he issued an executive order in September instructing HHS and the Defense and Agriculture departments to take aggressive action on the issue.

Tennessee hospitals' funding of Medicaid expansion is about survival

Tennessee hospitals' funding of Medicaid expansion is about survival

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 20, 2014

Tennessee hospitals' decision to help fund Medicaid expansion under Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's new waiver proposal was driven by hospitals' financial survival as well as their desire to extend coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans, hospital leaders there say.

Providers decry imposing EHR penalties in 2015

By Joseph Conn  |  December 20, 2014

A CMS announcement last week that many doctors and hospitals will see their 2015 Medicare payments cut by 1% for failing to meet federal electronic health-record incentive-payment program standards has provoked strong reactions from physician and hospital groups.

Obamacare enrollment on pace to meet predictions

Obamacare enrollment on pace to meet predictions

By Adam Rubenfire  |  December 20, 2014

The latest enrollment numbers from the insurance exchanges show that after the first month of open enrollment, sign-ups are on track to meet or surpass the Obama administration's projection that 9 million to 10 million Americans will buy exchange plan coverage for 2015.

Coverage expansion, low cost growth, continued reform battles highlight 2014

By Harris Meyer  |  December 20, 2014

Healthcare providers and insurers were busy implementing healthcare reform in 2014, millions of uninsured Americans gained coverage, and healthcare spending growth remained modest even as partisan warfare over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continued in full force.

CMS now says CME payments to docs must be reported

CMS now says CME payments to docs must be reported

By Jaimy Lee  |  December 20, 2014

Consumer groups appear to have won the latest round of the regulatory tussle over whether manufacturers' indirect payments to doctors for continuing medical education activities must be reported to the Open Payments database.

A holiday wish list for healthcare

A holiday wish list for healthcare

By Merrill Goozner  |  December 20, 2014

The holiday season is a time when we count our blessings and shower gifts on those we love. It's also the time when we vow to do better in the coming year.

Court tosses AHA's suit over delayed RAC appeals

By Adam Rubenfire  |  December 20, 2014

A U.S. District Court judge last week dismissed a lawsuit by hospitals seeking to compel HHS to meet statutory timelines for processing appeals to recovery audits.

CMS adds late 2013 records to Open Payments database

By Jaimy Lee  |  December 19, 2014

The CMS Friday added about 68,000 new records documenting $200 million in payments made to physicians by medical-device and drug manufacturers to its Open Payments database.

More hospitals moving to improved EHRs, CMS reports

More hospitals moving to improved EHRs, CMS reports

By Joseph Conn  |  December 16, 2014

Hospitals are further along in upgrading their electronic health-record systems to where they need to be than had seemed possible only a month ago, according to new data from the CMS.

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