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GAO Sees Oversight Gaps in States' Medicaid Funding

John Commins

The Government Accountability Office reports that states are finding ways to pay for Medicaid that involve cost-shifting schemes that leave the federal government stuck with the tab. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CA Fines 8 Hospitals for Medical Errors

In the latest round of medical errors leading to fines in California hospitals, the state has levied financial penalties totaling $775,000 for placing 10 patients in immediate jeopardy of serious injury or death. >>>

Surgical Checklists Unused in 10% of Hospitals, CMS Data Shows

Given the evidence of how surgical checklists can reduce deaths and complications, it's a mystery why nearly 10% of hospitals still don't mandate their use and why another 12% can't say for certain whether or not checklists are being used. >>>

Doctors Feel Pressure to Accept Risk-based Reimbursement

As insurers step up efforts to cover more lives with value- and performance-based contracts, physicians are under the gun to adapt to an altered reimbursement reality. >>>

3 Management Lessons from a Supermarket Debacle

Nurse leaders and other hospital and health system executives can take several lessons from a regional grocery chain's unusual and unresolved management nightmare. >>>

Physicians to Appeal 'Docs v. Glocks' Ruling in FL

A Florida law prohibiting doctors from talking with patients about gun safety is upheld by a three-judge panel in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, but an injunction blocking the law remains in effect. >>>

As Medicare Advantage Cuts Loom, Disagreement Over Program's Stability

The ability of cost savings achieved through healthcare reform efforts to offset the coming cuts to Medicare Advantage is hotly debated at a House Ways and Means health subcommittee meeting. >>>

Premium Subsidy Fight Creating Uncertainty for Hospitals, Health Plans

A pair of conflicting rulings regarding tax credits for those who buy health insurance on the federal marketplace is a "credit negative" for health plans and not-for-profit hospitals, Moody's Investors Service says. >>>

3 Insider Tips on Cutting Costs without Strangling Growth

You can't cut your way to profitability. The CEO of a 12-hospital system divulges how to achieve both growth and cost cutting. He ought to know. He's slashed $165 million in costs while investing in growth. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: The Clinical Strategy for Financial Health—Care Redesign & Standardization

This report reveals how leading organizations are implementing programs aimed at care redesign, care standardization, and driving waste out of healthcare delivery. Free Download >>>



News Headlines

A health trade-off that's here to stay: Lower cost, limited choice

The New York Times, July 30, 2014

Geisinger CEO to resign in 2015

The Times-Tribune, July 30, 2014

Kaiser, Hopkins collaborate on patient care

The Baltimore Sun, July 30, 2014

Why are dope-addicted, disgraced doctors running our drug trials?

Medium.com, July 30, 2014

Deal allots $17 billion for overhaul of VA healthcare system

The New York Times, July 29, 2014

Medicare's hospital trust fund appears flush until 2030

Kaiser Health News, July 29, 2014

Assurant Health to pay $30.8M in Obamacare rebates — most in nation

Milwaukee Business Journal, July 29, 2014

Two Kansas City area hospitals to be sold

The Kansas City Star, July 29, 2014

Other hospitals help Hopkins pay $190 milion settlement

The Baltimore Sun, July 28, 2014

Hospital or hotel? New hospitals take cues from hospitality industry

The Post and Courier, July 28, 2014



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