No clear reason or firm date was given for Farzad Mostashari's plan to exit the Office of the National Coordinator. His unexpected move comes at a critical time as HHS grapples with complex issues over the implementation of Meaningful Use Stage 2. >>>
The Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule establishes controversial terms that distinguish an inpatient admission from "observation" status, for which hospitals receive lower rates of Medicare reimbursement. >>>
In what researchers are calling "the largest and most comprehensive study of medical (finding) reversal," they identify 146 medical practices that have been refuted by subsequent studies, but which continue to be used by providers. >>>
CareConnect, the first provider-owned commercial health plan in New York, will offer lower prices and gives the healthcare provider "serious control" over quality and care coordination, says an NS-LIJHS executive. >>>
Healthcare consolidation is eliminating many hospital CEO jobs. With coordination and cooperation within health system operations the order of the day, those top executive jobs are being sharply redefined. >>>
House committee members spar among themselves, but CMS chief Marilyn Tavenner manages to stay mostly above the fray as she takes questions about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. >>>
Payments to hospitals were made when elective surgeries failed to take place and inpatient claims did not meet Medicare's admission requirements, says a report from the Office of Inspector General. >>>
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