Public comments on a proposed rule to set the Medicare physician fee schedule for 2013 provide insight into the complicated fee structure and focus on care coordination, misvalued codes, multiple procedure payment reductions, telehealth services, and scope of practice for certified registered nurse anesthetists. >>>
The move away from bonds and other fixed income securities toward more diverse portfolios could make nonprofit healthcare organizations less vulnerable to market swings, analysis from Commonfund shows. >>>
The Institute of Medicine, citing widespread wasteful and inefficient practices, is calling for a major overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system to use resources better and to remove barriers to quality care. >>>
Many hospitals, physicians, and physician groups believe that every day spent under observation should count toward the three-day minimum stay required for post-acute care coverage under Medicare, public comments show. >>>
Executives have done a good job stabilizing margins after the Great Recession but still face challenges from flat inpatient volumes, healthcare reform mandates, and lower reimbursements linked to government budget pressures, according to a report from Moody's Investors Service. >>>
While California health officials roll out the latest batch of hospital horrors revealing how many patients died or suffered as a result of patient care errors, millions of dollars in fines that should have been directed toward quality improvement have not been spent. >>>
Once you understand the forces driving the steady increase in the number of hospital mergers and acquisitions, there is no reason to think that the trend will reverse itself anytime soon. >>>
Date: Sept. 14, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
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