Hospitals that score the lowest on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys are most likely to be penalized the maximum 1% of their Medicare DRG payments, analysis finds. >>>
The allegations by 60 Minutes that technology facilitated Medicare fraud at HMA raise sticky issues. Regulators vow to investigate, but a new set of government rules would be cumbersome, costly, and perhaps ineffective. >>>
In a sweeping memorandum from its Secretary, the Department of Health and Human Services is providing details to states on Medicaid expansion, saying "the law does not provide for a phased-in or partial expansion." The memo also addresses market reforms, healthcare exchanges, and payments to safety net hospitals. >>>
Recent changes by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation to its Bundled Payment Care Improvement Initiative could make pursuing its model untenable and even cause some applicants to drop out of the program, says a reviewer of bundled payment applications. Is that really an option? >>>
High emergency department crowding was associated with 300 excess inpatient deaths, 6,200 hospital days, and $17 million in costs, a study of nearly one million ED visits finds. >>>
A year after leaving his position as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Don Berwick, MD, talks with HealthLeaders about death panels, the challenges of implementing healthcare reform, and Medicare and Medicaid fraud. >>>
Healthcare executives at HCA, Cirrus, Sinai Health System, Catholic Health Initiatives and Mountain States Health Alliance are among the latest to announce merger and acquisition deals. >>>
Date: January 24, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
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