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Fed Pledges to Rural Providers Strike the Right Notes

John Commins

Federal officials identify a number of Medicare reforms that if eliminated, could save nearly $676 million annually and would greatly ease regulatory and staffing burdens on rural providers. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CMS Unveils 4 Bundled Payment Models

Payment models introduced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are intended to drive efficiency in the care of Medicare patients by bundling episodes of care and may vary with each hospital's negotiated contract. >>>

Adverse Drug Reactions ID'd by Phone

In a research experiment, an automated phone system and pharmacists' follow-up calls identify and catch adverse drug events in patients. One observer says the system is "highly promising," but not yet ready for widespread implementation. >>>

Physicians' Persistent 'Overuse' of Care Continues

Researchers examining ambulatory care data find continued overuse of non-beneficial, potentially harmful care. >>>

'Sunshine Act' Gets Guarded Reaction

Professional associations and lobbying groups have so far avoided bashing the final rule, which details how financial relationships between drug and device manufacturers and healthcare providers must be disclosed to the federal government. >>>

Don't Miss Out on Nurse-Led Quality Initiatives

Hospitals should partner with nursing schools now to improve quality improvement efforts later, research suggests. >>>

Care Delivery Gets its Own Journal

A peer-reviewed journal that focuses on direct patient care rather than healthcare policy is set to debut. It may finally give authors what they've been lacking—an ample platform from which to explore patient-centered clinical innovation and process improvement. >>>

Hospitalizations Up For the Terminally Ill

More patients spent time in intensive care units during their last month of life in 2009 than in 2000. One researcher suggests that providers could "do a better job" of communicating about treatment options and goals of care. >>>



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News Headlines

Cerner, McKesson cooperating for HIE, interoperability's sake?

TechTarget, February 6, 2013

Jackson Health, Kendall Regional battle over trauma

The Miami Herald, February 6, 2013

Maine AG wants hospitals to allow public into meetings

Portland Press Herald, February 6, 2013

Healthcare spending in America, in 2 graphs

NPR, February 5, 2013

LSU hospitals leader concerned about employee drop

SunHerald.com / Associated Press, February 5, 2013

Steward Health Care a force for change

The Boston Globe, February 4, 2013

Health insurers highlight excessive out-of-network charges

Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2013

Medical clinic workers struggle with burnout

Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2013

Hospital chain defies NLRB rulings after court decision

Reuters, February 1, 2013

Hospital error rate in MN isn't improving

Star Tribune, February 1, 2013



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