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  February 19, 2014 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

HIX Fate Tied to Payers' Education Initiatives

Christopher Cheney, Editor for HealthLeaders Media

The deadline to buy insurance for 2014 on the public health insurance exchanges is March 31. Reaching out to the uninsured and convincing them to enroll is a make-or-break effort for the hallmark federal healthcare reform program. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

A Hidden Cause of Readmissions Comes to Light

Serious complications resulting from surgery are only now attracting attention as a cause for hospital readmissions. That may be because some surgeries will soon be included in Medicare's 3% readmissions penalty algorithm. >>>

AMA Seeks to Stop ICD-10, Cites Soaring Costs

In a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the American Medical Association asks her to "strongly" reconsider the ICD-10 medical coding set mandate, which the AMA says will place a "crushing burden" on physicians. >>>

AOL Chief's Benefits Blunder Also a HIPAA Violation

Announcing a pullback of a major employee benefit was bad. Violating the privacy of two employees was worse. >>>

MU Fraud On The Rise, OIG Warns

Vulnerabilities in electronic health records systems are creating opportunities for fraud among healthcare providers and contractors working to achieve Meaningful Use attestation, says the Office of Inspector General. >>>

Moody's Upgrades For-Profit Hospital Outlook to 'Positive'

A reduction in bad debt will come as more people obtain health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Moody's says. An improvement in earnings is expected mainly because 2013 was marred by declining patient volumes and the cuts to Medicare reimbursements under sequestration. >>>

Strategies for Safer Hospital Medicine Also Cut Costs

New doctors are turning the tables on seasoned physician leaders by introducing strategies to improve quality by curtailing opportunities for medical error and harm. They're also saving hospitals millions in unnecessary spending. >>>

Drug Shortages Exacerbated by Supply Chain Woes

Assigning responsibility for the costs linked to maintaining adequate supplies of medications is at the heart of the medication shortage issue, says one pharmaceutical economist. >>>



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News Headlines

Sebelius: 'No evidence' Obamacare costs jobs

The Hill, February 19, 2014

Congress seeks $150B to end 'doc fixes'

The Hill, February 19, 2014

Highmark looks to expand into northeastern PA

Bloomberg Businessweek / Associated Press, February 19, 2014

Republicans open investigations into Obamacare's disaster sites

The Hill, February 18, 2014

Starr leads purchase of healthcare services firm MultiPlan

Los Angeles Times / Associated Press, February 18, 2014

Maryland consumers remain stuck in the health exchange

The Baltimore Sun, February 18, 2014

Opinion: The wrong way to fix Obamacare

Los Angeles Times, February 18, 2014

More firms buying insurance for data breaches

The Boston Globe, February 17, 2014

White House says it doesn't know how many in Obamacare have paid

The Hill, February 17, 2014

The 10 least expensive health insurance markets in the US

Kaiser Health News / NPR, February 14, 2014



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

In Search of EHR's ROI

As healthcare leaders continue to pour money into electronic health record systems, many (but not all) find the return on the investment remains elusive. >>>

 

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