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Hospitals' Fear of 30-Day Penalties May Speed Hospice Admissions

Cheryl Clark

An exception to federal 30-day mortality measures may incent hospitals to prematurely push patients into hospice care, says one critic, who calls it an unintended consequence of healthcare reform. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospitals Lagging on PSO Contracts

Health insurance exchange plan offerings may not be an option for hospitals that fail to contract with qualifying patient safety organizations by the federal deadline. But hospitals are still waiting for CMS to clarify the complex regulation. >>>

Infection Expert: Don't Rush to Change MRSA Protocols

Hospitals should continue to conduct routine risk assessments to determine how well their infection control strategies are working before rushing to adopt a highly touted and possibly costly new protocol, says a member of the board of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. >>>

Datapalooza: HHS Unveils Medicare Outpatient Costs

Healthcare cost data released by the federal government Monday includes estimates for average hospital charges for 30 types of outpatient procedures. >>>

CDC: 1 in 5 Adults Used Emergency Department in 2011

The federal agency's findings, other data, and practical experience suggest that hospitals should brace for a pronounced increase in ED use in 2014 when the ranks of the insured are expected to expand, says a board member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. >>>

Texas Braces for Medicaid Status Quo

By opting not to expand Medicaid, Texas is passing up an estimated $90 billion in federal funds over the coming decade, leaving its healthcare providers, especially hospitals, in a tough financial spot. Rural care facilities are especially vulnerable. >>>

Kidney Care Advocates Fight Medicare Cuts

A coalition of kidney care experts and advocates fears that Medicare program cuts for end-stage renal disease will be so severe that the cost of delivering dialysis will exceed reimbursement for the service. >>>

Wellness Initiatives Are Going Down the Drain

In the news this week: Workplace wellness initiatives aren't paying off, Sebelius finds her zen, and hospital staff still aren't washing their hands. >>>



Intelligence Report

NEW Intelligence Report: ED Solutions—Preparing for Increased Volume and Decreased Margins

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News Headlines

States' hospital data for sale puts privacy in jeopardy

Bloomberg, June 6, 2013

Cancer breakthroughs add pressure to control costs

Reuters, June 6, 2013

Officials from L.A. urge delay in transferring some to managed care

Los Angeles Times, June 6, 2013

KY doctor admits healthcare fraud for unnecessary heart stents

Indianapolis Star, June 6, 2013

The future of getting paid to be healthy

The Atlantic, June 5, 2013

Patients warm to nurse practitioners, physician assistants

Forbes, June 5, 2013

The six ways Obamacare changes insurance premiums

The Washington Post, June 4, 2013

Pressure grows to create drugs for 'Superbugs'

The New York Times, June 4, 2013

Midlevel healthcare providers seen as part of the solution

Knoxville News-Sentinel, June 3, 2013

Trapped in the hospital bed

The New York Times, June 3, 2013



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