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Hospitals Help Pay For Doc Fix While Pharma Gets A Pass
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

President Obama stands ready to sign a bill that will postpone the controversial 21% cut in physician reimbursement from Medicare. Finally. But it's not as simple as that. Included in the bill is a provision that would cause hospitals to at least partially fund the "doc fix," as it's become known.
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  July 2, 2010

 
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Short-term insurance buyers driving up costs in Massachusetts
The number of people who appear to be gaming the state's health insurance system by purchasing coverage only when they are sick quadrupled from 2006 to 2008, according to a report released yesterday from the Massachusetts Division of Insurance. Not a very promising sign of the fiscal sustainability of the federal program that many compare to the Massachusetts model. Estimates show the trend is adding about $300 million in uncovered health costs to the state's system each year, and legislators are looking at ways to close the loopholes. [Read More]
CPOEs Miss 1 In 3 Potentially Fatal Medication Orders
So much for the promise of computer physician order entry systems as a panacea for preventing medication errors. CPOEs can potentially miss half of routine medication orders and one third of potentially fatal medication orders, a report released by The Leapfrog Group shows. The report is based on a study of 214 hospitals that tested their CPOE systems using a web-based simulation tool between June 2008 and January 2010. The simulation tool was used to see how often CPOE caught common medication errors. [Read More]
99% of Teaching Hospitals Lack Clinical Care Conflict Of Interest Policies
Teaching hospitals have been writing conflict of interest policies covering research and corporate relationships, but they also should set rules for disclosing physicians' clinical conflicts that can bias patient care, according to an Association of American Medical Colleges report. While the report is careful to say that some relationships between clinicians and for profit companies are often necessary and beneficial, there are perceived if not actual conflicts of interest that must at the very least be disclosed. [Read More]
OIG: Medicare Paid $1.2 Billion For Drugs With Invalid Prescriber Numbers
Medicare drug plans and beneficiaries paid pharmacies $1.2 billion in 2007 for more than 18 million prescriptions that contained 527,749 invalid prescriber numbers, indicating the agency lacks adequate procedures to detect fraud. Additionally, identifiers on 17% of the drug claims with invalid prescriber numbers did not conform to length or format specifications, and Medicare drug plans and enrollees paid pharmacies $213 million for PDE records with invalid identifiers. [Read More]
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