California's latest round of penalties for hospital blunders that resulted in patient harm or death includes a wrong-site surgery, feeding errors, a retained surgical object, and a number of unnecessary "emergency" coronary interventions. >>>
Federal prosecutors say improper Medicare billing at six Florida hospitals operated by Shands ran from 2003 through 2008. Shands makes no admission of liability, but will pay a total of approximately $26 million plus interest. >>>
A recommendation to strip critical access designation from any hospital that was given that status under a state "necessary provider" designation lacks consideration for the role of critical access hospitals in the rural healthcare safety net. >>>
A nursing school boots out a deaf student over concerns that her hearing loss would limit her ability to safely perform clinical rotations. Nonsense, says the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses. >>>
Lack of vendor readiness for the move to Stage 2 Meaningful Use means physicians will be unable to meet the requirements for EHR implementation and will be subject to fines starting in 2015, the Medical Group Management Association says. >>>
A new law requires the Oregon Health Authority to establish an electronic database for credentialing organizations, including hospitals, insurance companies, and other facilities. >>>
Only 14% of consumers surveyed understand basic insurance terms such as "copayments," and "deductibles." They will make "disastrous decisions," when health insurance exchanges come online in a few weeks, says an economist and researcher. >>>
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