The new law delays both the implementation of the ICD-10 code set and the so-called two-midnight rule, which affects hospital reimbursements. The law also includes critical funding extensions for rural hospitals. >>>
Last week's surprise delay of ICD-10 implementation is a lose-lose-lose proposition for provider organizations: Costs will rise, physicians are likely to disengage, and the clinical benefits will be put off. >>>
Telehealth is gaining acceptance and momentum among providers and patients. It's even got friends in Washington working to change regulations that govern technology to treat patients remotely. Marketing needs to keep pace. >>>
CMS intends to implement a five-star rating system on all of its web sites that display comparative quality information for providers. Stars are nice, but precision, in the form of detailed quality data, must remain public for quality to improve. >>>
Reduced inpatient admissions and readmissions are having a corresponding effect on hospital and health system revenues, with question marks over reimbursements. Hospitals are bracing for impact. >>>
A new measure of healthcare efficiency, Medicare spending per beneficiary, is another pain point for healthcare leaders, but it aims to incentivize higher-quality, less-costly care. >>>
InformationWeek, April 8, 2014
Star Tribune, April 8, 2014
Boston.com / Associated Press, April 8, 2014
PBS NewsHour / Associated Press, April 7, 2014
BuzzFeed, April 7, 2014
InformationWeek, April 4, 2014
Bloomberg Businessweek, April 4, 2014
Reuters, April 3, 2014
The Baltimore Sun, April 3, 2014
InformationWeek, April 2, 2014
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