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Failing to Prep for ICD-10 Will Cost You

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

With ICD-10 implementation now less than a year away, hospitals and health systems should be deep into transition planning. NYU Langone Medical Center has hired coders, installed training software, and called on physician leaders. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Cheaper Way to Stop MRSA Adds No Patient Risk

Having healthcare providers don gloves and gowns in intensive care units is shown to reduce infections of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, but without a rise in adverse events, researchers say. >>>

Cuts to Medicare Payments for Uninsured Begin

Federally mandated cuts to Medicare and Medicaid hospital payments for uncompensated care go into effect on schedule, but hospital associations and lawmakers are actively proposing their delay. >>>

How One Rural Hospital Prevents Patient Falls

A small Illinois hospital comes up with a remarkably simple, inexpensive, and effective strategy to guard against falls and wins an award in the process. >>>

Providers Face Tougher HIPAA Rules

More stringent privacy regulations now in effect mean hospitals and medical practices can expect random audits, higher fines, and a surge in formal complaints from patients who ask for, but do not receive their medical records in a timely fashion. >>>

Medicare Sees 33% Spike in Claims Appeals

Medicare Part A and Part B appeals rose markedly between 2008 and 2012 with most of the increase coming from appeals of inpatient hospital claims. "We think that the recovery audit contractors are driving a lot of the increase," says an OIG official. >>>

Tech Glitches Snarl HIX Opening Day

High traffic volume contributed to consumer complaints about problems with the federal health insurance exchange and several states operating their own marketplaces reported similar problems on launch day. >>>

RWJF Hospital Price Transparency Challenge Winners Announced

Since Medicare released pricing data on hospital charges months ago, the pressure has been on hospitals to be more transparent. A challenge from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has brought forth interactive tools that should help providers and consumers. >>>



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News Headlines

Health insurance shoppers suffer sticker shock

San Francisco Chronicle, October 7, 2013

Opinion: Pent-up demand for health insurance

The New York Times, October 7, 2013

Numbers guy sheds light on confusing hospital pricing

Portland Business Journal, October 7, 2013

Opinion: At core of US healthcare dysfunction – it's the prices, stupid

MLive.com / Kalamazoo Gazette, October 7, 2013

The cost of rejecting Medicaid expansion

Reuters, October 4, 2013

Hospital mergers may drive up costs

The Boston Globe, October 4, 2013

Federal government shuts off $20 million in funding to ME hospital

Bangor Daily News, October 4, 2013

Some physicians still charge co-payments banned by law

USA Today, October 3, 2013

Physicians brace for insurance-induced headaches

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 3, 2013

Struck by turtle: Anticipating a new healthcare billing system

The Atlantic, October 1, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

A Fresh Look at End-of-Life Care

Providers must team with patients to determine the ultimate medical mission. >>>

 

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