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County Rankings Illustrate Population Health

John Commins

Data compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provide a status report on critical population health metrics such as morbidity, access to care, overweight and obesity--by county. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CMS Unveils Hospital Violations Database

A searchable online database of federal safety rule violations at U.S. hospitals has been launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. It is available to healthcare providers, payers, and patients. >>>

Berwick: Quest Program Results 'A Breakthrough'

Premier Healthcare Alliance's data- and practice-sharing project, Quest, has saved 92,000 lives and $9.1 billion since 2007 through significant reductions in cost, mortality, and infections, the group says. >>>

AHIP: Hospital Inpatient Pricing Up Sharply

Unadjusted hospital prices per admission rose by an average annual growth rate of 8.2% between 2008 and 2010, a study from America's Health Insurance Plans shows. But hospital groups counter that premium rates for private insurers have risen faster than underlying healthcare costs. >>>

When States Reject Medicaid Expansion, Providers, Businesses Will Pay

States that reject Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act will subject the hospitals and employers within their borders to a considerable financial hit, separate analyses show. >>>

Upend the Hospital Hierarchy

The current clinical hierarchy, a top-down structure where power starts with physicians and flows down to nurses, is flawed. Is this really the best way to care for patients? >>>

Hospital Execs Name Top Revenue Challenges

Revenue cycle processes that don't run as smoothly as they should are hospital killers. As reimbursement models evolve, healthcare executives know it's more important than ever to collect all the money they are owed for services rendered. >>>

CMS Changes Course on Rebilling RAC-Denied Claims

In a victory for hospitals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says it will change its policy of denying reimbursements for care determined by auditors to have been delivered inappropriately in an inpatient setting. >>>



News Headlines

Whistle-blowers allege wrongdoing at VA center

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, March 20, 2013

Group medical appointments may help ease physician shortage

The Washington Post, March 20, 2013

What hospitals charge the uninsured

The New York Times, March 19, 2013

Memorial Hospital retirees in pension fight

The Gazette, March 19, 2013

New HIPAA rules pose challenges for healthcare industry

Reuters, March 18, 2013

Hospital ratings are in the eye of the beholder

Kaiser Health News, March 18, 2013

How 'profitable' are ME hospitals? It depends

Bangor Daily News, March 18, 2013

Hospital admissions continue to decline

The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 15, 2013

Medicare revises readmissions penalties, again

Kaiser Health News, March 15, 2013

In latest filings, Highmark optimistic about WPAHS future

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 14, 2013



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