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Must-Do Task for Rural Providers: Call Congress

John Commins

If budget balancing gimmicks being considered by Congress take effect in the coming year, they could potentially mean the loss of billions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements for rural providers. Don't let it happen. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospitals Welcome Two-Midnight Rule Delay

Providers are pleased that CMS is delaying enforcement of new guidelines governing Medicare reimbursements for short-term hospital stays, but they insist the new rule is flawed and say they will continue to oppose it. >>>

Medical Errors Draw $770,000 in Fines in CA

California has issued its latest round of administrative penalties to 13 hospitals where patients have been subject to serious injury or death as a result of regulatory noncompliance. >>>

Dirty Scrubs and Other Disease-Spreading Attire

The long-sleeved monogrammed lab coat, steeped in medical tradition and infectious bacteria, will become a relic if guidelines on clinician attire from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America are taken seriously by hospitals and health systems. >>>

Hospitals Look at Retail Pharmacies With Renewed Interest

It's more than convenience: An integrated retail pharmacy provides hospitals with opportunities to boost patient satisfaction and lower readmission rates while producing modest revenue. >>>

6 Ways to Avoid Unintentional Medicare Fraud

Mismanagement or sloppy business practices can quickly lead to trouble with Medicare fraud investigators, even when healthcare providers have no intention to defraud the government. >>>

ICU Infection Prevention Practices Lax

Better adherence and development of infection control protocols in intensive care units would significantly reduce hospital-acquired infections, which result in $33 billion in additional costs to the healthcare system each year, researchers say. >>>

Physician Wait Times Vary Sharply Among Major US Markets

Physician appointment wait times tracked in a Merritt Hawkins survey varied from one day to more than eight months. The average wait in all metro areas and specialties is 19 days. Boston has the longest waits (45 days); Dallas had the shortest (10). >>>

3 Inexpensive Ways to Enhance Patient Experience

Fancy amenities such as gourmet meals, healing gardens, and multi-million dollar expansion projects can make patients feel good about a hospital stay, but there are cheaper ways to bolster the patient experience. >>>



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Webcast: Forge Partnerships Across the Care Continuum—Metrics and Workflows

Date: March 14, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Join leaders from SCL Health System and Collaborative Healthcare Strategies as they reveal how to successfully align with external entities across the care continuum to reduce readmissions, improve care quality, and streamline workflows. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Patient coordination would get boost if Medicare changes how it pays docs

Kaiser Health News / St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 5, 2014

Hospitals use 'hot spotting' to zero in on super-users

The San Francisco Chronicle, February 5, 2014

PA hospital aims to help uninsured by listing prices

CBS Pittsburgh, February 5, 2014

UMC labor contract is rejected over issue of longevity pay

Las Vegas Sun, February 5, 2014

LSU official is the finalist for Parkland CEO

The Dallas Morning News, February 4, 2014

CT hospital labor dispute ends with agreement

CBS Connecticut, February 4, 2014

Changes in healthcare delivery affecting Kaleida bottom line

WGRZ, February 3, 2014

Maryland may be the model for curbing hospital costs

USA Today, February 3, 2014

Beth Israel Deaconess-Milton nabs hospital patients from rivals

Boston Business Journal, February 3, 2014



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2013

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make a difference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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