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SGR Ripe for Repeal, Where’s Congress?

Joe Cantlupe

Physician groups say the time is finally right for lawmakers to overhaul the disdained sustainable growth-rate formula. But no one in Congress is embracing a specific plan, and the funding possibilities are uncertain. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CMS Releases Hospital Pricing Data

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. >>>

AMA Raises Reimbursement Concerns Over EHR Workarounds

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. >>>

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores 'Depressing'

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. >>>

Hospital EDs Seeing Sicker Medicare Patients

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. >>>

The False Claims Act is Not a Compliance Tool

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. >>>

Doctors, Trial Lawyers Back 'Provider Shield' Law in GA

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. >>>

Medical School Enrollment Forecast Tempered by Residency Concerns

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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News Headlines

Getting to the right relationship between docs and drug companies

The Atlantic, May 9, 2013

Opinion: More Medicaid, more health?

The New York Times, May 8, 2013

TX doctor sues US over Affordable Care Act

Bloomberg, May 8, 2013

Should doctors get random drug tests?

The Baltimore Sun, May 8, 2013

Every disease on earth: Elmhurst Hospital's medical melting pot

The New Yorker, May 7, 2013

MN liability insurer helps high-risk doctors stay in business

Star Tribune, May 7, 2013

Conversations with patients about death

NPR, May 7, 2013

Botched brain surgery prompts extensive review at SSM Health Care

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 6, 2013

Hepatitis B no barrier to healthcare work, federal officials declare

TribLive.com / Associated Press, May 6, 2013

NJ hospitals credit Obamacare for drop in infections

The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 3, 2013



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