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SCOTUS Review of NC Board Case 'a Very Big Deal' to Providers

John Commins

An antitrust matter in North Carolina, concerning whether or not a state board is exempt from federal antitrust laws, could have far ranging effects, which explains the interest in case from the AMA and other provider associations. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

As Allegations Swirl, Baylor Plano Rejects Baldrige Award

Hospital officials say they have declined a prestigious national quality award because of a lawsuit alleging that a neurosurgeon they employed was incompetent and caused patient injuries and at least one death. >>>

Two-Midnight Rule Must be Fixed or Replaced, Say Providers

CMS has issued a clarification on its rule governing how Medicare classifies and pays for short hospital stays, but healthcare providers are still crying foul over the new standard. >>>

PCMH Pilot Not Associated with Cost Reductions, Study Shows

A study of a three-year multi-practice patient-centered medical home pilot finds lackluster results. "We're now concerned that medical home transformations may not really achieve the goals set out for them at the rapid pace that people have hoped," says the study author. >>>

Employer Mandate Delay Hurts NFP Hospitals' Credit Outlook

The delay in the employer mandate "causes a timing mismatch between the benefit of fewer uninsured patients and the negative impact hospitals face related to reduced payment updates and cuts to Medicare and Medicaid DSH," says Moody's Investor Services. >>>

CDC Warns of Antibiotic Overuse in Hospitals

Hospital physicians who overprescribe antibiotics are putting patients "at unnecessary risk of future drug-resistant infections, allergic reactions, and intestinal infections that can be deadly," a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official says. >>>

Hospitals Adapting Amid Continued Drug Shortages

While new drug shortages impacting patient care have lessened, the supply chain remains vulnerable to drug shortage 'spikes', says an executive from the group purchasing organization, Premier. >>>

AHIP Eyes 5.9 Percent MA Payment Cut, Market Disruptions

A study commissioned by America's Health Insurance Plans is predicting a second consecutive year of deep payment cuts for Medicare Advantage programs which "could result in a high degree of disruption in the MA market." >>>

Steep Drop Seen in Medically Unnecessary C-Sections

A greater willingness by hospitals to not schedule early elective deliveries without documented medical necessity is a major reason for the drop cited in The Leapfrog Group's latest survey findings. >>>



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News Headlines

Obama budget sets Medicare savings, hospitals seek reprieve

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, March 5, 2014

Health workers' union pushes hospital cost control in CA

Kaiser Health News / Capital Public Radio, March 5, 2014

2 lawsuits allege unnecessary heart procedures at King's Daughters Medical Center (KY)

Kentucky.com, March 5, 2014

Erlanger: Cutting PTO was necessary amid hospital's financial woes

The Chattanoogan, March 5, 2014

Proposed hospital sale means NJ will pay $30 million debt

The Star-Ledger, March 4, 2014

Halifax Health settles fraud case

Orlando Sentinel, March 4, 2014

Health Department says some in RI might have been exposed to measles

The Providence Journal, March 4, 2014

Batavia, Rochester hospitals pursue merger

The Buffalo News, March 3, 2014

Citing 'distraction,' Quality Forum CEO resigns board seats

ProPublica, February 28, 2014

Sebelius: US healthcare delivery system stuck in 20th century

The Hill, February 28, 2014



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