HHS finds $2.2M in billing errors at Cedars-Sinai May 22, 2013 Administrators at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center were well aware of the flaws in their inpatient admissions process before an audit from HHS' inspector general's office publicly pointed them out.
Defense secretary considers commercial EHR system May 23, 2013 The Defense Department is back in the market for an electronic health-record system for its sprawling healthcare empire, according to a memorandum from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
Audit: N.C. Medicaid claims system untested, flawed May 23, 2013 An audit of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released Wednesday says it has failed to fully test a new $484 million computer system scheduled to begin processing Medicaid claims on July 1.
Celebrity impact May 18, 2013 Celebrities drive average Americans to want what they have. That powerful impulse could prove complicated for some women who fear they're at high risk for breast cancer.
Rep. DesJarlais reprimanded for sex with patients May 23, 2013 Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a licensed physician, was reprimanded and fined by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners for having sex with patients before he was elected to Congress, according to documents released Thursday.
Federal appeals court hears Hobby Lobby case May 23, 2013 In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores asked a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal healthcare law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill.
Over half of docs have received EHR incentive payments May 22, 2013 Key federal programs to boost electronic health-record system use passed a milestone last month as more than half of physicians and other “eligible professionals” have received incentive payments for attesting to the adoption of a certified EHR system.
Parkland agrees to pay $1.42 million settlement May 23, 2013 Dallas' Parkland Health & Hospital System will pay $1.42 million and enter into a five-year corporate integrity agreement to resolve a 2010 lawsuit that alleged the hospital submitted improper claims to Medicare and Medicaid.
Iowa lawmakers have deal on low-income healthcare May 23, 2013 After staunchly opposing an expansion of Iowa's Medicaid program using federal funds, Gov. Terry Branstad has agreed to seek the funding for an alternate health plan for low-income residents.
Riding the wave May 18, 2013 Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, Calif., is laying the groundwork for its next big advances in information technology.
Texas doc associations unite to share 'survival tools' May 23, 2013 Promising to “bolster physicians' clinical and financial autonomy,” three Texas physician associations have teamed up to form the Physician Services Organization for Patient Care, which will work with physician groups, health plans and vendors to test and develop new care models and...
Karam resigns as Sisters of Charity CEO May 23, 2013 Sister Judith Ann Karam, the president and CEO at Sisters of Charity Health System, has announced her resignation, according to a news release. She has served as president and CEO since 1998.
W.Va. gov picks new health secretary May 22, 2013 Former hospital executive and nurse Karen Bowling will become West Virginia's Health and Human Resources secretary on July 1, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Wednesday, taking over a sprawling department recently scrutinized by an audit and assigned the daunting task of expanding the state's Medicaid...
Tornado tears through Oklahoma hospital May 20, 2013 A tornado ripped through a small Oklahoma hospital Monday afternoon and rendered the facility helpless to treat victims of the widespread devastation in the area.
Taxpayers won't pay healthcare costs for undocumented immigrants: Pelosi May 23, 2013 Two days after the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) promised that U.S. taxpayers would not bear the cost of healthcare coverage for undocumented immigrants who are on the path to citizenship.
Largest healthcare executive search firms May 18, 2013 A list of the nation's 33 largest healthcare executive search firms, ranked by total number of U.S. placements made for senior-level (senior VP and above) healthcare executives in 2012. Source: Modern Healthcare's eighth annual Executive Search Firms Survey. Published May 20, 2013, p. 32.
Reform Update: Rhode Island sets sights on healthcare overhaul May 22, 2013 Rhode Island policymakers and the state's healthcare industry began to draft plans last month on how best to overhaul payment to hospitals, doctors and other providers and simultaneously improve the health and well-being of its citizens.
Exclusion efforts May 18, 2013 Amid looming shortages in healthcare workers, one branch of the federal government is ramping up aggressive efforts to keep some of them far away from patients.
Wash. judge outlaws 'parking' mentally ill May 22, 2013 The practice of temporarily "parking" the mentally ill in hospital emergency rooms without treatment violates state and federal law, Pierce County (Wash.) Superior Court Judge Kathryn Nelson ruled in a decision that could affect how mental health patients are treated across the state.
Study finds jump in ER-related admissions May 20, 2013 Efforts to shift patients to lower-cost healthcare settings appear to flounder as the emergency department continues to play a larger role in where and how care is delivered.
Top paid execs at publicly traded healthcare industry companies May 11, 2013 A list of the 25 highest paid healthcare-industry executives at publicly traded companies, ranked by total compensation for 2012 as reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Source: Modern Healthcare. Published May 13, 2013, p. 34.
Outliers: Lighting up for your health? May 18, 2013 While marijuana may be more commonly associated with inducing a case of the munchies, now comes news from the American Journal of Medicine that researchers have found a link between pot-smoking and a smaller waist size.
Struggles for ex-military May 18, 2013 Federal and state agencies are working to make it easier for veterans to move into nursing careers as the U.S. winds down its presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hospitals scramble to treat tornado victims May 21, 2013 Treating injuries from tornadoes is a well-established job in Oklahoma, but healthcare providers say the twister that carved a 17-mile-long path of destruction through central Oklahoma Monday produced surprising injury patterns and unusual flows of patients.
Making progress May 18, 2013 Just as growing diversity is shaking up the nation's politics, the increasingly multicultural populations served by U.S. healthcare providers are also driving changes in the organizations' C-suites and boardrooms. But the transformation is still a work in progress.
Now accepting Up & Comers nominations May 04, 2013 As healthcare continues its rapid evolution, the new generation of leadership faces immense challenges that will require new ideas and approaches. And the industry's young executives are already proving that they're up to the task.
Healthland acquires EHR developer American HealthTech May 22, 2013 Minneapolis-based Healthland, an information-technology provider focused on rural community and critical-access hospitals, has acquired American HealthTech, a Jackson, Miss.-based software and electronic health-record developer for the post-acute care sector.
Virtual Radiologic names new chief medical officer May 23, 2013 Virtual Radiologic, a technology-enabled national radiology practice and telemedicine company based in Eden Prairie, Minn., has named Dr. Benjamin Strong its chief medical officer, effective May 22.
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