The vote marks the 17th time that Congress has provided a short-term fix for the formula that sets Medicare pay rates for physicians. Included in the bill are two controversial provisions to delay implementation of the ICD-10 medical coding set and the so-called two-midnights rule. >>>
Despite progress in reducing rates of intestinal, chest, and urinary tract infections transmitted to hospitalized patients, nearly three quarters of a million patients each year end up with healthcare-associated infections, says the CDC. >>>
Advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment and longer-term survival rates point to a growing need for interdisciplinary provider teams to meet the needs of patients as the supply of oncologists is predicted to decline. >>>
Contending that hospitals taking advantage of mandated lower drug prices should be held accountable for the levels of charity care they provide, a group funded by the pharmaceutical industry is getting pushback from two major hospital associations. >>>
As tensions between employed physicians and their hospital bosses ratchet up, HR professionals need to draft a strategy for either blocking or accepting the likely event that doctors will organize into labor unions. >>>
Another year-long delay in the deadline for implementation of the ICD-10 medical coding set spells frustration for vendors and providers. "This is bad," says CHIME president and CEO Russ Branzell. >>>
Operating margins for cardiovascular specialties remain strong, but many leaders anticipate changes and challenges to their revenue streams that could mean bottom-line pressure. >>>
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