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Hospitals ponder meaning, value of CMS' new star ratings

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 18, 2015

About 7% of hospitals got the highest rating, 34% got the second-highest rating, and 19% got one of the two lowest possible scores in the CMS' new five-star ratings of more than 3,500 hospitals based on patient-satisfaction surveys.

Late News

Florida plans to sue CMS alleging coercion on Medicaid

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 18, 2015

Florida Gov. Rick Scott plans to sue the CMS, accusing the agency of unconstitutionally trying to force the state to expand Medicaid by ending funding that now helps Florida hospitals pay for uncompensated care for low-income and uninsured patients.

CMS hints at changes in 'two-midnight' rule

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 18, 2015

The CMS is studying how and whether to replace its controversial “two-midnight” payment policy for short hospital stays in response to vigorous and persistent complaints from the provider community.

The Week Ahead

AbbVie report to update hepatitis C drug war

By Bob Herman  |  April 18, 2015

Pharmaceutical company AbbVie will unveil its first-quarter earnings Thursday, giving investors and industry observers their first glimpse of what a full quarter of sales looks like for its new hepatitis C treatment.

Broadening focus from healthcare to well-being

By Andis Robeznieks  |  April 18, 2015

Just as the medical home has morphed into the medical neighborhood, a new initiative seeks to take the concept of population health to the national and international levels.

Regional News

Texas board imposes new limits on telemedicine

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  April 18, 2015

The Texas Medical Board's recent decision to limit the practice of telemedicine runs counter to the national trend. Most states are seeking to expand their use of such services to increase healthcare access and reduce costs.

Kaiser Permanente to build IT campus in Atlanta

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 18, 2015

Kaiser Permanente Georgia, a branch of the Oakland, Calif.-based healthcare giant, plans to open a 157,000-square-foot information technology campus in midtown Atlanta, creating 900 jobs in health IT by 2019.

L.A.-area hospital challenges distribution of trauma center funds

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 18, 2015

Los Angeles County isn't giving all hospitals their fair share of property tax dollars meant to help expand trauma centers, an area hospital alleged in a claim filed last week against the county and its board of supervisors.


Feds OK financial incentives for wellness programs

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 18, 2015

In a victory for business groups, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said last week that employers can continue to use substantial financial penalties and rewards to nudge employees to participate in workplace wellness programs.

Hospitals ponder meaning, value of CMS' new star ratings

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 18, 2015

About 7% of hospitals got the highest rating, 34% got the second-highest rating, and 19% got one of the two lowest possible scores in the CMS' new five-star ratings of more than 3,500 hospitals based on patient-satisfaction surveys.

ONC fail: EHR 'data blocking' still rampant

By Joseph Conn  |  April 17, 2015

More than five years after Congress mandated HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to establish a “governance mechanism” for seamless health information exchange, the agency earlier this month confirmed that widespread “data blocking” still existed, largely...

Cover Story

Interoperability—A dream deferred

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 17, 2015

Most Americans who receive care at more than one location still don't have their “complete” record in front of their attending physician. Heck, most providers can't or won't even send their patients' electronic records across town, much less to a neighboring state or across the country.

Guest Commentary

Medical group builds EHR to improve care

By Darius Tahir  |  April 18, 2015

Dr. Christopher Chen, CEO of Miami Gardens, Fla.-based ChenMed, knew his physician-led primary-care group would have to optimize its performance to successfully expand from its home base. One factor giving him confidence was its custom-built electronic health-record system, which includes patient...


Healthcare should emulate banks on IT interoperability

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 18, 2015

Bruce Smith, senior vice president of information systems and chief information officer at Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care, discusses the challenges of having multiple EHR systems in his organization, Advocate's readiness for the conversion to ICD-10 coding, and his views on federal...

By the Numbers

HCA, still No. 1 in revenue, bides time on big deals

By Michael Sandler  |  April 18, 2015

HCA once again leveraged its sheer size and organic growth strategy to maintain its position as the largest for-profit hospital chain in the country, according to Modern Healthcare's latest By the Numbers list.

11 largest for-profit hospital chains

April 18, 2015

A list of the nation's 11 largest for-profit hospital chains, ranked by 2014 revenue as reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Source: Modern Healthcare reporting. Published April 18, 2015, p. 30.

News Makers

Frenk leaving Harvard to succeed Shalala at University of Miami

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 18, 2015

Dr. Julio Frenk, 61, will be president of the University of Miami, starting in September. Frenk, the university's first Hispanic president, replaces former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala, who has led the university since 2001.

Data Points

Data Points for April 20, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 18, 2015

Data Points for the week of April 20, 2015, covered the following topics: Healthcare costs, Medicaid, CHIP, foreign-educated nurses, prescriptions for Medicaid beneficiaries


Do you have one of the top jobs in healthcare?

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 18, 2015

What are the best jobs in healthcare? If you didn't pick audiology or biomedical engineering, then you might want to check out a recent ranking compiled by CareerCast, which lists the top 200 jobs in the U.S.

Fighting disease, one bar of recycled soap at a time

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 18, 2015

Shawn Seipler is on a mission to save lives with soap. It began about seven years ago as a tiny operation in a single-car garage in Orlando, Fla., where a few friends and family members used meat grinders, potato peelers and cookers to recycle used soap into fresh bars.

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