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Dems, GOP test fall health messages in Florida House race March 09, 2014 Voters in this stretch of beach towns and retirement communities provide the first 2014 campaign test of whether Democrats can counter GOP attacks on the president's healthcare overhaul by accusing Republicans of threatening popular benefit programs for the elderly.
Cerner, Trinity reach $106M settlement in software dispute March 07, 2014 Cerner Corp. has settled a dispute with a North Dakota hospital over allegations of defective financial software with an arbitration settlement of more than $106 million, according to the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
State oversight may tame California pot shops March 09, 2014 Law and order may soon be coming to the Wild West of weed. A California lawmaker has introduced legislation to regulate the state's free-wheeling medical marijuana industry — the farmers that grow the drug, the hundreds of storefront shops that sell it and especially the doctors who write...
Caught between competing pressures March 08, 2014 Many hospitals hire and contract with doctors to boost referrals and serve members in their coordinated-care networks. But how to pay these doctors has become a perilous area under the Stark and anti-kickback laws and the False Claims Act, with whistle-blowers and the Justice Department watching.
Tenet, Yale New Haven join forces in Connecticut March 06, 2014 Tenet Healthcare Corp. is partnering with Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health System. Tenet is following the lead of other publicly traded chains that have allied with academic medical centers to capitalize on the academic center's brand and clinical expertise
Health overhaul critics tread lightly on Medicaid March 08, 2014 Sen. John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem are two of the federal health overhaul's most consistent critics. But the South Dakota Republicans take a more measured approach to a key provision of the law in their own state.
Hospital employment continues to fall March 07, 2014 Hospital employment in February fell for the third consecutive month, a downward trend in hiring not seen in 20 years, federal data show. The drop came as overall healthcare employment continued to rise.
Senators' legislation sets up guidelines for two-midnight rule March 06, 2014 Two senators introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday to address the contentious two-midnight rule for hospital inpatient stays by establishing new guidelines for the CMS. The measure resembles one already being considered in the House.
Hospital CEO turnover climbs to 20% March 07, 2014 The turnover rate among hospital chief executives hit 20% in 2013, the highest rate since the American College of Healthcare Executives first began collecting CEO turnover data in 1981. The rate stood at 17% in 2012 and an average 15.5% annually for the prior 32 years.
Reform Update: Bill to fix SGR could repeal or delay ACA's individual mandate March 07, 2014 House Republicans have found another back-door way to attempt a dismantling of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Next week, the lower chamber is expected to vote on legislation that would permanently repeal Medicare's physician payment formula and which might include a provision to...
FDA will require electronic reports on adverse events involving devices February 13, 2014 Hospitals, physicians and their patients soon may know if a medical device is faulty more quickly than in the past thanks to a Food and Drug Administration final rule issued Thursday. The rule requires manufacturers to submit reports of injuries or deaths associated with their products...
Rocky ICD-10 rollout predicted for Oct. 1 deadline March 06, 2014 Chaos is the predicted descriptor of the Oct. 1 deadline for nationwide conversion to the ICD-10 codes, according to one healthcare information technology professional. But Dr. Terrance Govender, Navigant Consulting's director of healthcare coding and documentation, says providers can still take...
CVS picks Epic to provide EHR system March 06, 2014 Epic Systems Corp. has been selected by drugstore chain CVS Caremark Corp. as the provider of an electronic health-record system for its MinuteClinic division, a deal that will extend Epic's ambulatory-care footprint across 800 healthcare clinics in 28 states and as many as 1,500 locations in the...
ICD-10 deadline won't be delayed, Tavenner tells HIMSS February 27, 2014 Providers, payers and claims clearinghouses can look for no relief from the Oct. 1 compliance deadline for the nationwide conversion to the ICD-10 family of diagnostic and procedural codes, the head of the CMS said Thursday.
Nursing facility safety questioned in HHS report March 04, 2014 An estimated 22% of patients at skilled-nursing facilities experienced preventable injuries, such as medication errors, falls and infections, and had to stay longer in the hospital, according to a new report from HHS' inspector general's office. More than half of the residents who had been harmed...
Wiring in rural patients March 08, 2014 As health systems shift to alternative payment models rewarding them for keeping patients healthy, some are accelerating their investments in technology tools and other initiatives that increase access for rural patients.
Hospitals rethink charity for those passing on Obamacare March 08, 2014 Hospitals are mulling how to handle charity care for uninsured, non-Medicaid-eligible patients who come in for treatment and who could have but did not obtain subsidized coverage through the federal insurance exchange.
Alzheimer's may be leading cause of death after heart disease, cancer March 07, 2014 Alzheimer's disease may cause up to six times as many deaths as what is commonly reported, and may be closer in number of deaths caused by heart disease and cancer, a study says. The authors suggest that underreporting of dementia may have a negative impact on research priorities in the U.S.
CMS issues ACA Basic Health Program final rules March 07, 2014 Starting in 2015, states will have the option of establishing subsidized health insurance plans for individuals and families with incomes between 138% and 200% of the federal poverty level. On Friday, the CMS issued final rules for establishing what's known as a Basic Health Program under the...
Healthcare providers oppose Medicare cuts in Obama's 2015 budget March 04, 2014 President Barack Obama is proposing more than $400 billion in cuts to Medicare over the next decade in his fiscal 2015 budget, an almost identical amount to what he recommended last year. But those cuts are heavily weighted toward future years, with only $3.5 billion occurring in 2015.
Young e-cig users more likely to smoke, study finds March 06, 2014 Young people who tried electronic cigarettes had a greater likelihood of smoking conventional cigarettes, according to a new study, further raising concerns over whether the devices serve as a gateway to teen tobacco use.
National Quality Forum CEO Cassel cutting ties to Kaiser, Premier February 26, 2014 In continuing fallout from a recent conflict-of-interest scandal, National Quality Forum President and CEO Dr. Christine Cassel is stepping down from two outside board of directors jobs amid questions about whether they created conflicts of interest for her.
Making physicians pay off February 22, 2014 Systems across the country have been rapidly buying physician groups to expand their referral networks and prepare for a not-too-distant future where they will have to manage the health of their patient populations and be held financially accountable for meeting cost and outcomes goals.
Reform Update: ACA partly to blame for KentuckyOne job cuts, CEO says March 05, 2014 KentuckyOne Health, formed two years ago by the merger of 14 Kentucky hospitals, announced it would slash 700 jobs last week as fewer patients fill its beds. Many of those eliminated jobs were inside hospitals, the system's CEO says, and the cuts are partially in response to the Affordable Care Act.
Medtronic, Abbott awarded first SharedClarity contracts March 03, 2014 About 135 hospitals in the U.S. will shift the large majority of their spending on bare-metal and drug-eluting stents to Abbott and Medtronic as part of the first contracts awarded by SharedClarity, a new joint venture that aims to reduce the costs of the most expensive medical devices used in...
DeSalvo sees public health as an ONC priority March 03, 2014 Dr. Karen DeSalvo is not the first head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology with a public health background. But she's sounding as though she may be the first to make public health an ONC priority.
Quality caregivers March 01, 2014 Facilities on Truven's 100 Top Hospitals list credit a range of interventions, thoughtful deployment of IT systems, collaboration with front-line caregivers and use of change-management strategies for their success.
Resident work-hour limits, patient safety examined March 04, 2014 Whether work limits imposed on surgical residents in the name of patient safety have actually led to patient harm and limited education opportunities is the topic of a study this July.
HHS needs to delay Stage 2, former ONC official Muntz says February 26, 2014 David Muntz, until last October the principal chief deputy in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, says he thinks federal regulators should hit the pause button on Stage 2 of EHR meaningful use. His remarks came in a conversation Tuesday at the Healthcare...
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