A federal investigation finds that although CMS has safeguards to prevent and recover Medicare payments made on behalf of deceased beneficiaries, claims have slipped through and been paid. >>>
One in three hospitals eligible for The Joint Commission's 'top performer' status has provided an evidence-based care practice 95% of the time for patients with certain conditions. >>>
Despite stringent hospital protocols and watchful government agencies, preventable medical errors continue to severely harm or cause death to some 400,000 patients a year in this country. >>>
ECRI Institute collects data on adverse events and near misses and releases an annual report on the top technology dangers in healthcare. >>>
Its ability to improve inpatient admissions has helped for-profit Hospital Corporation of America post healthy earnings. Tenet, despite an 8.4% increase in net operating revenues, experienced a "volume decline on the inpatient side and flat-ish volume for outpatient," says one analyst. >>>
Patient demand for e-mail consultations with physicians is high, but willingness to pay is low. Physicians practices are finding they can accommodate the preference for e-mail by identifying suitable billing strategies. >>>
Many hospitals and health systems are paying for prior acts malpractice insurance as a way of attracting physicians, but how are they absorbing that expense once they've committed to it? >>>
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