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States Without Medicaid Expansion Search for Alternatives

John Commins

It's difficult to overstate the effect of losing tens of billions of dollars in healthcare funding, and not just on state budgets. Now those leaders who opted out of Medicaid expansion are falling back on an old ploy: When in trouble, form a committee. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Half of All Primary Care, Internal Medicine Jobs Unfilled in 2013

Nearly 70% of organizations searched for a family medicine physician in 2013. The percentage of primary care positions that go unfilled every year "continues to be a problem," says an Association of Staff Physician Recruiters executive. >>>

Some Cancer Hospitals' Quality Data Will Soon Be Public

By year's end, CMS intends to post quality measures for 11 major cancer centers that until now have been exempt from public reporting. But a coalition of those centers worries that the agency is focusing on the wrong measures. >>>

'Kafkaesque' Value System Unfairly Penalizes Doctor Pay

How much physicians get paid is increasingly determined by a formula that penalizes doctors whose patients are more expensive—even when those higher costs stem from services that other doctors perform, according to a new report. >>>

TJC Warns Hospitals of Deadly Medical Tubing Mistakes

Misconnected IV, drug, and feeding tubes are expected to be less likely when new tubing connector standards, now in development, are in widespread use, The Joint Commission says. >>>

Proton Beam Therapy Poised for Growth in US

Fueled by patient demand and advances in technology, the construction of costly proton beam centers is picking up steam. Insurers are paying for limited applications. >>>

CNO Leads $1M Charge for New Scrubs, Uniforms

The CNO of a Florida health system calls the organization's switch to new uniforms for 6,000 employees 'change management at its finest.' >>>

mHealth Tackles Readmissions

Healthcare leaders are finding that consumer-ready technologies can help patients right where they are. >>>

An Evolutionary Tip for Healthcare Systems: Adapt or Die

The future belongs to the nimble, the innovative and, perhaps most important, the efficient, says the CEO of the Providence-Swedish Health Alliance. >>>



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News Headlines

New head of Healthcare.gov is CT's Counihan

Kaiser Health News / WNPR, August 27, 2014

Obama plans more measures to improve healthcare for veterans

The New York Times, August 27, 2014

Nonprofit hospitals' 2013 revenue lowest since recession, report says

The New York Times, August 27, 2014

10 ways to strengthen healthcare security

InformationWeek, August 27, 2014

Medicare star ratings allow nursing homes to game the system

The New York Times, August 26, 2014

Doctors' house calls for frailest patients save cash, study finds

The Columbus-Dispatch / Associated Press, August 26, 2014

Doctors reiterate need for free medical clinic

Monroe News, August 26, 2014

Mayo offers at-home colon cancer test; stool sample goes in the mail

Star Tribune, August 26, 2014

Hospitals look for new ways to collect unpaid medical bills

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 25, 2014

Patient worries emerge over chargemasters at Pittsburgh's regional hospitals

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 25, 2014



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