Tuesday, June 30, 2015

  • The U.S. Supreme Court's decision settles one argument, but the ruling does not affect all hospitals or patients in the same way-and it doesn't even address other big problems with healthcare access and cost.

  • The Agency for Healthcare Quality Research says its mission "is to produce evidence to make healthcare safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable." But that mission may soon be over.

  • A hardship exemption is needed for physicians who've tried in good faith to meet the Oct. 1 implementation deadline, but who've been hamstrung by issues beyond their control, says the president of the American Medical Association.

  • At the annual Healthcare Financial Management Association National Institute conference, healthcare leaders are responding to a long list of pain points by linking information systems to financial performance and revenue cycle processes to patient experience.

  • Attendees at the HealthLeaders Media 2015 Population Health Exchange detailed two population health management programs that are tackling obesity and improving chronic disease management.

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by JOHN COMMINS | 06/29/2015
"These hospitals conspired to deprive consumers and physicians of important health information and education, "says the Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division.

by TINKER READY | 06/29/2015

A federal law bars guns from schools, but there is no such law about firearms in hospitals.


by JOHN COMMINS | 06/26/2015

"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," Chief Justice John G. Roberts wrote for the majority.


by SHANNON FIRTH, CONTRIBUTING WRITER, MEDPAGE TODAY | 06/26/2015

Opponents of the new coding standard are calling on Congress to divorce ICD-10 from reimbursement policy altogether and to provide a better transition to a system that is "more appropriate" and "less burdensome." From MedPage Today.


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