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Hospitals in Show-Me State Play the Shame Card

John Commins

In an attempt to illustrate the impact of losing federal Medicaid funding, the Missouri Hospital Association is using data linking the effects of poverty, poor health, and life expectancy in Missouri and making comparisons to rates in Third World countries. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospital Groups Reaffirm Support for PPACA, HIX

In an online event, the nation's three largest hospital associations express their unified support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the face of withering and relentless criticism that appears to be sapping public support. >>>

Hospital Pay to Reflect Care Efficiency Soon

Medicare spending per beneficiary is a measure of efficiency which underscores the importance of limiting readmissions. Some hospital groups reject the move, but at least one CMO describes it as "not completely unreasonable." >>>

A Fresh Look at End-of-Life Care

It's imperative that healthcare providers team with patients to determine the ultimate medical mission. >>>

RAC Nightmare Continues for Providers

Karen Testman, senior vice president of financial operations at MemorialCare Health System, agrees with the concept of reducing Medicare overpayments, but takes issue with the administrative work it creates for providers. >>>

53% of Doctors Still Self-Employed

While data shows there's been an uptick in hospital employment for physicians, more than half still work for themselves, an AMA survey finds. The number of physicians in solo practice, however,  has dropped. >>>

Doc Group Blasts CMS Physician Fee Schedule Plans

MGMA-ACMPE has penned a blistering 18-page report in response to the proposed federal rule on payments to doctors, criticizing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for inaccuracy, inconsistency, and being misleading. >>>

Safe Patient Limits Initiative Inches Forward in MA

The Massachusetts Nurses Association is waging a battle against unsafe patient loads. Now it is behind a petition drive to get a Patient Safety Act on the 2014 statewide ballot. >>>

Racial Disparity Seen in Trauma Center Mortality Rates

Several mechanisms "end up leading to minority and uninsured patients having a higher death rate after trauma and I think that the hospital that they go to certainly plays a major role," says the lead author of a study that analyzed records from the National Trauma Data Bank. >>>



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News Headlines

KS hospital settles allegations of false claims

SFGate.com / Associated Press, September 18, 2013

Another round of Vanderbilt job cuts under way

The Tennessean, September 18, 2013

NY hospital staffs must get flu shot or wear mask

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, September 18, 2013

CDC: Deadliest drug resistance comes from hospitals, not farms

NPR, September 17, 2013

Two local hospitals battle over operating room upgrade

The Virginian-Pilot, September 17, 2013

CA insurers limiting doctors, hospitals in health insurance market

Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2013

Hospitals emerging as powerful healthcare sales force

The Washington Post, September 16, 2013

Hilton Head (SC) Hospital implicated in alleged Medicaid kickback scheme

The Island Packet, September 16, 2013

IU Health plans cutting 800 jobs at hospitals

SFGate.com / Associated Press, September 13, 2013

Supervisors fire CEO of Kern Medical Center

The Bakersfield Californian, September 13, 2013



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