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'Game-Changing' Direct Care Model Helps Ease Bad Debt

Philip Betbeze

Savannah's Memorial Health offers small businesses a direct care model to help employers afford healthcare for their workers. It benefits the health system by smoothing revenue—but don't call it a health plan. >>>


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CMS Issues Final FY2015 Rule on Inpatient Hospital Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule for FY 2015 includes a 1.4% increase for operating payment rates. >>>

CHS Cites 'Shifting' Standards in Fraud Allegation Settlement

An attorney representing one of the whistleblowers alleging that Community Health Systems committed fraud says that as a nation, "we have a healthcare delivery system where doctors and individual decision making, to some degree, have been shoved to the side by corporate managers." >>>

Business Roundup: Duke LifePoint Expands NC Footprint

Also, BayHealth and Peninsula Regional form an interstate collaborative, Tenet Healthcare acquires its 80th hospital, and Lahey Health and Winchester Hospital finalize their affiliation. >>>

CA Sitting on Millions in Hospital Fines

If I were running a hospital, I would want to know that this money was being put to good use to find out how and why preventable medical errors occur and to find ways to keep them from reoccurring. >>>

EHR Adoption Slow, Information Exchange Lagging

While many providers have the essential EHR components required to obtain federal financial incentives and avoid penalties, about 90% of hospitals still can't allow patients to view online, download, or transmit health information. >>>

Interstate Medical Licensure Could Ease Physician Shortages

With anxiety rising over the potential for a physician shortage in the years to come, a push is on for interstate medical licensure. >>>

AHA Pushes PARTS Bill for Rural Hospitals

Looks like when lawmakers return next month, Congress will retroactively approve another stopgap measure related to oversight of outpatient therapy services at critical access and small rural hospitals. >>>

Training Physicians for Empathy

A pair of training programs exposes medical students to art and loss, teaches them about the emotional aspects of patient care, and helps them avoid burnout. >>>

News Headlines

Obama signs bill giving more than $16 billion to scandal-plagued VA

The Washington Post, August 8, 2014

Doctors' 'conflict of interest' database gets delayed

The Hill, August 8, 2014

HHS report finds Medicare Advantage plans exaggerate members' diseases to make more money

Kaiser Health News / The Center for Public Integrity, August 8, 2014

In ambitious bid, Walmart seeks foothold in primary care services

The New York Times, August 8, 2014

Feds stop public disclosure of many serious hospital errors

USA Today, August 7, 2014

WHO to convene panel on use of experimental Ebola drugs

The Washington Post, August 7, 2014

First look at Medicare quality incentive program finds little benefit

Kaiser Health News, August 7, 2014

Cerner to buy Siemens health data unit for $1.3 billion

Bloomberg, August 6, 2014

When healthcare prices stop being hidden, and start getting real

Vox, August 6, 2014

Prosperous jobs for skilled healthcare managers heat up in LA

CBS Los Angeles, August 5, 2014

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New Goals, New Alliances

The historically adversarial relationship between providers and payers is shifting toward cautious cooperation as both sides recognize that they must implement structural and strategic changes to ensure their mutual survival. >>>


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