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Thursday, December 29, 2011

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CMS Details Recovery Auditor Prepayment Review Demo

By: James Carroll for HealthLeaders Media, December 29, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is releasing details of its ongoing efforts to prevent improper payments to providers, including a number of demonstration programs set to launch in January.

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HHS to Pay $296M in Bonuses to States Meeting CHIP Targets

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 29, 2011

Twenty-three states that have implemented at least five of eight programs to streamline children's health insurance coverage and meet enrollment targets will receive more than $296 million in federal performance bonuses, U.S. Health and Human Services officials have announced.

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HHS Punts on Essential Health Benefits Decision

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services has taken a 300-page recommendation from the Institute of Medicine on how to develop a list of essential health benefits and boiled it down to five words: Let the states do it.

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Rural Health Training Programs Spreading

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2011

It's critical for rural communities and organizations to develop their own medical talent. Florida, Missouri, Kansas, and South Dakota are among the latest to train rural providers where they'll be practicing.

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What’s in a Name? Your Organization’s Identity

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2011

Healthcare organizations put plenty of effort into branding efforts and name changes. Sometimes a name change results in a refreshed identity, an energized staff, and new image in the community. But what happens when a name change doesn't work?

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