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Bundled-payment expansion brings providers more risk—and opportunity

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  July 30, 2016

The CMS announced a proposal last week to put three new episodes of care under mandatory experiments with bundled payments, potentially compelling hundreds of additional hospitals into becoming financially accountable for what happens to Medicare patients long after they leave the hospital.

Apps for Rx sticker shock

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 30, 2016

A number of insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and technology companies are developing smartphone and computer apps to provide that information for patients and physicians.

Growing the ranks of minority nurses

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 30, 2016

While there have been gains in recruiting minority nurses, it has not kept pace with the growing demand for culturally competent care.

Presidential impressions

By Chip Kahn  |  July 30, 2016

Over the past few years, at every opportunity, Federation of American Hospitals president Chip Kahn has taken time for his passion, street photography.

Late News

Florida Zika cases may put added strain on safety net providers

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 30, 2016

Florida providers worry they might not be ready to serve a potential influx of Zika-infected patients. The concerns come after four patients became the first known cases to be infected by mosquitoes in the continental U.S.

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Faith-based systems ask SCOTUS to take pension-plan cases

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 30, 2016

Advocate Health Care in Illinois and St. Peter's Healthcare System in New Jersey want the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether their pension plans should be exempt from certain federal protections for workers.

Border hospitals advised of rights involving body-cavity searches

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 30, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union sent letters to healthcare systems last week that operate 110 hospitals in California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas advising them of their rights when confronted by federal agents requesting they perform body-cavity searches.

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Hospitals keep pushing back as CMS releases overall star ratings

By Elizabeth Whitman and Gregg Blesch  |  July 30, 2016

Despite strenuous objections from the hospital industry, Medicare’s Hospital Compare website now includes star ratings intended to give consumers a quick take on a facility’s overall quality.

Making HSAs work for chronic care

By Bob Herman  |  July 30, 2016

Early last month, U.S. Reps. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.)—both of whom sit on the House Ways and Means Committee's Health Subcommittee—introduced a bill that would change how the federal tax code treats high-deductible health plans that are paired with tax-exempt...

Final week to submit Up & Comer nominations

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 30, 2016

To help celebrate these rising young stars in healthcare leadership industrywide, nominations are being accepted for Modern Healthcare's annual Up & Comers recognition.

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Bundled-payment expansion brings providers more risk—and opportunity

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  July 30, 2016

The CMS announced a proposal last week to put three new episodes of care under mandatory experiments with bundled payments, potentially compelling hundreds of additional hospitals into becoming financially accountable for what happens to Medicare patients long after they leave the hospital.

'There will be more tipping points ahead'

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 30, 2016

In recent months, the CMS issued draft rules intended to bring transformational change to the way Medicare pays physicians. It also rolled out a slew of experiments with payment and delivery reforms. Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt discusses these moves with Modern Healthcare managing editor...

Features

Apps for Rx sticker shock

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 30, 2016

A number of insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and technology companies are developing smartphone and computer apps to provide that information for patients and physicians.

Growing the ranks of minority nurses

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 30, 2016

While there have been gains in recruiting minority nurses, it has not kept pace with the growing demand for culturally competent care.

Presidential impressions

By Chip Kahn  |  July 30, 2016

Over the past few years, at every opportunity, Federation of American Hospitals president Chip Kahn has taken time for his passion, street photography.

Editorial

Editorial: Full speed ahead on bundled payments

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 30, 2016

Rulemakers in outgoing administrations usually end their tenures with a bang, not a whimper. President Barack Obama's appointees at the CMS are no exception.

Guest Commentary
Letters

Key facts omitted in coverage of Indiana's Medicaid expansion

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 30, 2016

This letter is in response to the recent article “Success of Pence's Medicaid expansion far from settled,” on the Healthy Indiana Plan. We find the reporting to be incomplete in several key areas and wish to provide some additional information that was unfortunately left out of the...

Best Practices

How to stop wasting so much blood

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  July 30, 2016

As blood management programs catch on, a study at Vanderbilt University Medical Center strengthens the evidence that basic system changes can go a long way in using blood more efficiently.

Q&A

'We are redefining what a community hospital can offer'

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 30, 2016

CEO Lee Domanico recently spoke with Modern Healthcare about the benefits of independence after Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, Calif., split from Sutter Health amid charges the large system had drained funds from the 254-bed community hospital that serves one of the nation's wealthiest...

By the Numbers

Demand for registered nurses by state through 2025

July 30, 2016

Fifty states ranked by projected demand for registered nurses in 2025. Includes the state rank, 2012 nurse employment, and 2025 projected demand. Source: “The Future of the Nursing Workforce: National- and State-Level Projections, 2012-2025,” 2014, HHS' National Center for Health...

News Makers
Data Points

Data Points for Aug. 1, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 30, 2016

Data Points for the week of Aug. 1, 2016, covered the following topics: Health information technology deals, mergers and acquisitions; providers' IT budgets; venture capital in health IT; startup accelerators for health IT.

Outliers

The Rx? A dose of Pokemon

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 30, 2016

A Michigan children's hospital is dispensing a new kind of medicine—Pokémon style.

Medical work could be stressing you out

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 30, 2016

A recent survey found that 19% of medical workers said that their jobs “have a bad impact on their overall health,” putting them fourth behind workers in retail, construction and outdoor work, factories and manufacturing.

Corrections and Clarifications

Corrections and clarifications

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 30, 2016

A total of 86,746 students were enrolled in U.S. medical schools in the 2015-16 school year.

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