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August 30, 2013
Lawmakers Seek 'PAC' Reform
7 in 10 Workers Await Benefits Info as Deadline Nears
Obamacare's cost-control programs may be contagious
US agency investigating medical supply contracts
Steward hospitals question earnings data
St. Louis ConnectCare cuts more than half of its staff
Ohio hospital denies negligence in transplant case
University Hospitals, one of the first in the world to use PET/MRI
August 29, 2013
Large Employers View HIX as Viable
HIX Final Rule Details Payment, Appeals Standards
States experimenting to lower healthcare costs
Private equity's hospitals: A business model for the Obamacare era?
NH healthcare experiments predate federal law
Cape Cod Hospital, a magnet for summer emergency visits, also draws big donors
August 28, 2013
Better ED Throughput Means a Better Patient Experience
Premier $100M IPO a 'Pittance'
MA ACOs produced 'spillover' savings
Hospital officials pushing for health law grace period revision
Some hospitals at risk for electronic record penalties
Mobile Doctors CEO, physician charged with Medicare fraud
Doctors in Blue Cross alternative quality contract also changed how they treated Medicare patients
Sutter EHR crashed Monday
More stroke patients now get clot-busting drug
Want to know if your hospital is a rip off? Move to NC
Patients love a gentler approach to surgery, but surgeons balk
August 27, 2013
Texas Health Unveils Center for Population Health
Physicians' Diagnostic Overconfidence May be Harming Patients
Premier files for IPO of up to $100 million
Status of Medicare patients can result in huge bills
Opinion: Doctors should bill for life-or-death decisions
VA criticized for bonuses to doctors
Opinion: Are hospitals already saving money for Medicare?
UC Davis doctors who infected brain cancer patients with bowel bacteria resign
OK surgical center reveals prices, gives patients choice
Data algorithm helps healthcare providers ID high-risk patients
3 NY hospitals prepared to pay $1.5M each to settle workers' lawsuits
August 26, 2013
How to charge $546 for six liters of saltwater
Florida Hospital, Health First to Create Health Plan
Bringing Consistency to the 9-Month Episode of Care
University Hospital CEO to earn $416K as head of newly independent state hospital
WI rural hospitals could lose special Medicare payments
Americans underestimate resident doctors' work hours, poll says
August 23, 2013
Phoebe Putney, Hospital Authority Settle FTC Charges
Surgery Risk Calculator Predicts Complications
Akron General to be sold to Community Health Systems and Cleveland Clinic joint venture
State laws hinder health navigator effort to enroll uninsured
The real estate deal one health system couldn't pass up
Will US hospitals adopt a dehydration fix from the developing world?
Doctors seek partner to keep a Brooklyn hospital open
How hospitals can help patients quit smoking before surgery
Despite additional dollars, doctor shortage hard to fix
August 22, 2013
Oregon to Streamline Provider Credentialing
MGMA-ACMPE Seeks Delay for Stage 2 MU Penalties
NC Governor signs bill that affects hospital billing
Health overhaul could help rural residents
Report: More doctors accepting Medicare patients
Hospital-owned insurance plan to reenter Medicare
County supervisors OK $29M more for MLK hospital
CVS cuts access to opioid pain-killers for suspect doctors
States use out-of-the-box approaches to raise awareness of health exchanges
Coming soon: Surgeons wearing Google Glass
40 men sue hospital after accidental thaw destroyed sperm
August 21, 2013
Health Plan Premiums Rise Moderately
Medical Errors at 10 CA Hospitals Draw Fines of $625K
Thousands of doctors practicing despite errors, misconduct
New South L.A. hospital to cost $32 million more than expected
Judge rejects Long Island College Hospital's ownership deal
Big blood pressure improvements seen with no copays, easier-to-use pills
Patients may need better info when leaving hospitals
Chicago doctor accused of posting photos of intoxicated patient
Why doesn't medical care get better when doctors rest more?
August 20, 2013
1 in 5 Health Systems to Become Payers by 2018
Shands HealthCare to Pay $26M to Settle False Claims Allegations
HIX Navigator Grants Get $67M Boost
Mountain States Health Alliance taps HMA exec for CEO
FDA issues guidelines on wireless medical devices
More hospitals use social media to gather feedback from patients' families
Texas Children's Hospital sues state agency
Telemedicine improves care for kids seen in rural ERs
August 19, 2013
CMS Pays Primary Care Bonuses Amidst Bureaucracy
CFO Exchange: Healthcare Reform Breeds Innovation
Hospitals may absorb risk of insurers' debtor patients
Doctors who profit from radiation prescribe it more often, study finds
5 public health systems in other cities serve as model for UMC
Some hospital CEOs get bigger compensation packages
Obamacare tougher to launch than Medicare
Survey of nurses finds 'moderate' verbal abuse
Taking a new tack to persuade 'young invincibles' to buy health insurance
NH patients seek accountability in hepatitis case
CA patient-interpreter bill aims to overcome language barriers
August 16, 2013
OIG Recommendation 'Would Kill Rural Health'
CFO Exchange: Top Execs Talk Strategy
$67M doled out to those aiding others navigate healthcare
Wonkbook: Doctors for higher healthcare costs
Having more doctors might reduce health spending. Or maybe increase it.
Here's how a Cincinnati ER cut its wait time by 70 percent
Training options abound within nursing field
A powerful tool in the doctor's toolkit
August 15, 2013
Preview: At CFO Exchange, Cost Reduction Tops Agenda
ACO tools to keep patients out of the hospital
Many health insurers to limit choices of doctors, hospitals
47% of doctors use smartphone, tablet, and PC
Seeing doctors on video? Most insurers won't pay
Opinion: The cure for the $1,000 toothbrush
A healer who asks for nothing in return
August 14, 2013
With Cuts Looming, QIOs Find Abundant Support
How Prehabilitation Can Improve Outcomes and Reduce Hospital Costs
1 in 2 Employers Link PPACA to Cost Increases
FL hospitals reducing readmission rates
Parkland not slowing down changes after passing safety test
Maine Medical Center announces 225 position cuts, other reductions
Maryland General settles with US for $750K
Kaiser Permanente automates quality reporting to Joint Commission
NC hospital placed on jeopardy status after fire
FL pharmacists win $597 million blowing whistle on Medicare scheme
Mount Sinai entices top doctors with no-interest NYC mortgages
August 13, 2013
HMA Board Ousted by Glenview Capital
Medical Monitoring Goes Mobile
Bigger hospitals may lead to bigger bills for patients
NH hospital tech pleads guilty in hepatitis outbreak
8 ME hospitals sue Sebelius over payments for low-income patients
Telemedicine helps doctors beam into rural hospitals, treat newborns
August 12, 2013
5 Bills, 1 Month: AHA Urges Outreach to Legislators
Weaker Finances Seen for Not-for-Profit Hospitals
Path to US practice is long slog to foreign doctors
Overall, NY hospital services improving
Subsidies cut price of OH health insurance
CA looks for a new generation of culturally sensitive healthcare workers
New voluntary recall from compounding pharmacy
Operating income declines at Partners HealthCare
August 9, 2013
Anthem Blue Cross Pilot Reduces Surgery Costs by 19%
Physicians' Medicare Pay Data May be Next to be Made Public
Cleveland Clinic to work with ProMedica to improve patient care
ME hospitals rank well, but a dozen face Medicare penalties for readmissions
Mailings may up colon cancer screening rates
NJ doctors rank last in nation in accepting new Medicaid patients
Simple solutions can help fill gaps in healthcare
Got health insurance? Good luck finding a doctor
August 8, 2013
Revenue-Driving Cardio Subspecialties Thriving
'Objectionable Conditions' Persist at Drug Compounding Facilities
HMA rebuffed in peace offering to shareholder
Feds say Parkland Health System in compliance
Opinion: The health spending mystery
MO med school looks to fill rural doc shortage
Opinion: Will Medicare fixes lead to hospital mergers?
Health insurers tune in to Twitter for customer service
August 7, 2013
How IPPS Final Rule Affects Medical Coding
CMS Overpaid Hospitals $38.2M for Short-Stay Claims
Glenview rejects HMA offer, demands board overhaul
ONC's Mostashari Announces Departure
Parkland legal staff refusing to release executive compensation study
NYC losing small hospitals as money woes mount
MA Nurses Association pushing ballot question on hospital staffing
KS approves more nursing investigators
Physician-owned hospitals expand in Dallas-Fort Worth
WakeMed among Triangle hospitals fined for excessive Medicare readmissions
'Miracle' pilot on mission against medical errors
August 6, 2013
'Perverse Incentives' Perpetuate Use of Disproven Medical Treatments
Hospital HIE Use Up 41%, ONC Says
Physician Payments Sunshine Act goes into effect without initial concerns
Hospitals vary widely in ER waiting times
MA nurses union to file ballot question asking to limit number of patients
Extra attention to Medicare's sickest patients saves money in the long run
Why the private sector lags VA in telehealth
Informatics helps doctors unlock medical mysteries in mounds of data
August 5, 2013
Tavenner Grilled on Healthcare Reform Status
Sluggish Hospital Job Growth Linked to Sequestration
Final IPPS Rule Elicits Objections from Hospital Groups
6 Louisiana cities among nation's 10 most expensive for healthcare
In need of a new hip, but priced out of the US
In healthcare industry, who will keep workers safe?
New form adds some teeth to end-of-life care preferences
August 2, 2013
VRE Infection Control Needs Regional Strategy
Tenet, Health Management accused of paying kickbacks
The sleeper in healthcare payment reform
ME regulators approve health plans under Obamacare, but impact remains unclear
West Penn Allegheny Health System reports $47.9 loss in in three months
Remote patient monitoring: 9 promising technologies
August 1, 2013
North Shore-LIJ Health System to Launch a Health Plan
Community Health Systems Chief Talks HMA Merger
Proposed changes in inpatient status would reduce expensive stays, OIG finds
Whistleblower suit: Hospitals defrauded Medicaid
Opinion: Revealing a healthcare secret (the price)
Women's health program serving thousands fewer Texans since state takeover
Deal to build children's hospital in San Antonio collapses
Doctor profile data exchange in works
Hospital to reduce pay for weekend employees