CMS is asking for public input on whether or not physicians have a privacy interest with their Medicare payments. If they do, CMS says it wants to create a review system that balances a physician's privacy with the public interest. >>>
The American Hospital Association wants acute care organizations to invite members of Congress into their hospitals during the August recess. The group is seeking co-sponsors on five bills. >>>
In a move seen as a "shadow vote" on the recently announced merger between Health Management Associates and Community Health Systems, HMA's largest shareholder has pushed out the sitting board and replaced it. >>>
Fifty-five percent of employers surveyed about the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act report increased business costs in the range of 1% to 4%. >>>
The not-for-profit healthcare sector will likely see softening median ratios in 2013, says a Standard & Poor's Rating Services analyst. With many efficiencies already factored into healthcare system operations, additional savings may be difficult to realize. >>>
In seven weeks, providers are supposed to be implementing stage 2 of Meaningful Use. The government's interoperability plans are lacking. And a key Washington player says he's leaving the scene. It's starting to look like a calamity. >>>
A reference pricing strategy, in which an employer agrees to pay a certain amount for a procedure and anything above that amount is the employee's responsibility, cut the price of hip and knee replacement surgeries by 19% in a one-year trial. >>>
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