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The False Claims Act is Not a Compliance Tool

Philip Betbeze

What a diagnostic imaging company did may not be OK, but it wasn't fraud, a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Court has ruled. The decision may be precedent-setting and significant to healthcare providers involved in Medicare contracting. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Providers Grade Health Plans. Guess Who Still Stinks.

An annual survey of hospital leaders' opinions of large health plans shows WellPoint and UnitedHealthcare fighting for last place among their peers—Cigna, Aetna, Coventry, Humana, and the independent Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. >>>

ED Cost of Care Greatly Underreported, Researcher Says

A Brown University researcher says the true cost of emergency department care may account for 10% of total healthcare spending, not 2% as a widely accepted federal report claims. >>>

IPPS Proposed Rule Adds Readmission Measures, HAC Timeline

CMS's proposed rule for Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for acute care hospitals includes clarification on which patient stays qualify as legitimate hospitals admissions and exempts certain planned admissions from the readmissions penalty. >>>

Doctor Files Malpractice Suit Against Attorneys

In an unusual case, a New York anesthesiologist is suing his attorneys over a malpractice case that he says cost him $1 million in insurance coverage and derailed his career. >>>

Hospital Execs Forecast Higher IT Spending

Nearly 43% of respondents surveyed by the Premier Healthcare Alliance say their organizations will make their biggest capital investments in healthcare information technology and telecommunications in 2013, up 21% from two years ago. >>>

Pension Plans Spell Trouble for Nonprofit Hospitals

Nonprofit hospitals are poised to take "an enormous hit" because low discount rates are making it difficult to fund defined benefit pension plans. The solution lies in shifting risk onto employees by swapping 401(k) plans for pension plans. >>>

Deadly CRE Infection Spreading Fast in Hospitals

Arjun Srinivasan, MD, associate director for healthcare-associated infection prevention programs for the CDC, discusses what is known and not known about the "alarming increase" in frequency of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae in healthcare settings. >>>



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News Headlines

RNC launches petition drive against Obamacare

The Hill, May 3, 2013

NC hospital mergers accelerating, raising concerns

Winston-Salem Journal / Charlotte Observer, May 2, 2013

Catholic Health East, Trinity Health merger completed

Philadelphia Business Journal, May 2, 2013

Doctor resentenced to life in federal prison for bombing chief of AR Medical Board

Star Tribune / Associated Press, May 2, 2013

Scripps purchases former San Diego Hospice hospital

The San Diego Union-Tribune, May 1, 2013

Baptist Hospital Miami launches $90M expansion

The Miami Herald, May 1, 2013

Healthcare experts propose $1 trillion in savings

The Hill, April 30, 2013

How a serial-killing night nurse hacked hospital drug protocol

Wired, April 30, 2013

GOP bill hits alleged ObamaCare exemption talks

The Hill, April 29, 2013

Opinion: What tax-exempt hospitals owe their communities

Bloomberg, April 29, 2013



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