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House HIX Testimony Falls on Deaf Ears

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Despite reports of progress toward health insurance exchanges, some members of Congress continue to express concern that the exchanges may not be ready by the Oct. 1 deadline. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

IOM: Cancer Care System in Crisis

Care for oncology patients is not as patient-centered, accessible, coordinated, or as evidence-based as it could be, an Institute of Medicine report concludes. >>>

4 Top Concerns of Healthcare CFOs

At HealthLeaders Media's recent CFO Exchange, top finance executives from hospitals and health systems opened up about EHRs, health insurance exchanges, and other strategic challenges. >>>

1 in 5 ICU Patients Get 'Futile' Care

A report from researchers at UCLA is intended to be a wake-up call about the use of medical technologies and tools that if not appropriately applied, "end up extending the dying process, not benefiting the patient in the ICU bed." >>>

Medicare Fraud is Ripe for a Tech Solution, But It's Complicated

If CMS could be sued for HIPAA violations, it would be. But behind tales of government inefficiency and inertia is a tremendous debate. Summed up, the very technology that could solve our identity and fraud problems could open up tremendous privacy concerns. >>>

Vendors Vow HIX Will Be Ready on Time

Despite some lawmakers' concerns, technology contractors say health insurance exchanges will be up and running by October 1, as mandated by law. >>>

Funding Cuts Spur Healthcare Job Shifts

The pace of hospital job growth has slowed to a crawl this year. The root cause is "not just healthcare reform," says one analyst, citing about $100 billion of other cuts since 2010. >>>

Medicare Pay 'Transparency' Divides Physicians

The issue of whether physician reimbursement data should be made public is creating a split among doctors. Some argue that the public has a right to know how tax dollars are being spent. Others fear payment disclosures could hurt competition. >>>

RAC Oversight Lacking, OIG Charges

An OIG review of recovery audit contractor files covering a two-year span identified improper payments in about 50% of them, totaling $1.3 billion. Unless CMS takes action to develop additional performance evaluation metrics, high amounts of improper payment will continue, OIG says. >>>



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News Headlines

In new health law, a bridge to Medicare

The New York Times, September 11, 2013

FDA orders starker warnings on opioid painkillers

Boston.com / Associated Press, September 11, 2013

$1 million mistake: Becoming a doctor

CBS News, September 11, 2013

Rural hospitals wary of proposed Medicare cuts

The Texas Tribune, September 11, 2013

Hospital investors wary of slow rampup for Obamacare

Reuters, September 10, 2013

New Medicaid patients may be younger than states feared

NBC News, September 10, 2013

Patient's bill soars as health law program falters

SFGate.com / Associated Press, September 10, 2013

Health insurance tax faces challenge

Politico, September 9, 2013

Time Warner joins IBM in health shift for retirees

The Wall Street Journal, September 9, 2013

Technical snafus confuse charges for Obamacare plans

Reuters, September 6, 2013



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