With the blessing of a federal judge, CMS is planning to release Medicare data on physicians, including types of services, average submitted charges, and standard deviation in submitted charges. >>>
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. >>>
Federal officials unexpectedly announced a projected 0.4% increase in the 2015 payment rate for Medicare Advantage health plans. A cut had been proposed in February. >>>
Kaiser Permanente Northwest is one of several healthcare providers participating in an effort to roll out open access to clinician notes as a standard of care throughout the Pacific Northwest. >>>
CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner firmly vowed only weeks ago that there would be no ICD-10 delay. Now that an undefined delay has been announced, she remains silent on ICD-10's next steps. >>>
With half of states embracing federally financed Medicaid expansion and the other half slow to follow suit, hospitals are key players in one of the hottest healthcare policy clashes in the country. >>>
If you don't, you should. A nearly empty hospital indicates you've achieved functional integration such that your continued existence doesn't depend on the hospital at all. It depends instead on how well you take care of people to make sure they seldom, if ever, end up there. >>>
Date: April 24, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
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