For the first time, the federal government has made public chargemaster data for the 100 most common Medicare inpatient diagnostic related groups or DRGs. Hospital prices vary widely even within the same city or region. >>>
Arguing that documenting a full clinical encounter in an electronic health record "can be pure torment," an American Medical Association official describes three time-saving methods physicians have turned to, each of which has the potential for abuse leading to the denial of CMS payments, he says. >>>
In the Leapfrog Group's third release of hospital safety grades, overall scores rose minutely, but more hospitals got worse than got better. "So far, these numbers aren't really moving," says CEO Leah Binder. >>>
The federal government's inpatient admissions guidelines and growing claims denials are heaping pressure on hospitals to treat Medicare patients in the ED rather than admit them. Meantime, the severity of illness is rising, says the American Hospital Association. >>>
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. >>>
Physicians and attorneys—uncommon allies—support a Georgia law that creates a barrier between doctors and "ancillary" payer guidelines in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which could potentially be used as evidence in medical malpractice lawsuits. >>>
Despite a rosy enrollment forecast, 40% of medical school deans surveyed have expressed "major concern" that the number of available residency training positions will fall short, says the Association of American Medical Schools. >>>
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