Thursday, March 26, 2015

  • The bill also delays until Sept. 30 changes in the two-midnight rule on inpatient billing that were set to take effect at the end of this month.

  • Speaking to an audience of national quality measurement experts, CMS's chief medical officer spotlights projects that have bolstered both the pace of cost reduction and quality improvement efforts.

  • In one of three deals Tenet Healthcare signed Monday, it formed a joint venture with United Surgical Partners International to have ownership interests in 244 ambulatory surgery centers, 16 short-stay surgical hospitals and 20 imaging centers in 29 states.

  • An appellate court ruling is a setback for federal officials in their effort to award a new round of contracts for Medicare's Recovery Audit Program.

  • The proposed rule aims "to create more transparency on cost and quality information, bring electronic health information to inform care and decision making, and support population health," says HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.

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by JOHN COMMINS | 03/26/2015

While the price of ending the Sustainable Growth Rate formula is steep, the Congressional Budget Office says it's cheaper than doing nothing, because the status quo would cost $900 million more than the proposed reforms over the next 10 years.


by CHERYL CLARK | 03/26/2015

Compared with open surgical procedures, the use of laparoscopic surgery for some common conditions is associated with fewer complications, shorter length of stay, and lower hospital costs, researchers find.


by CHERYL CLARK | 03/26/2015

Leaders must first acknowledge that their organization is at risk, and then devise and implement programs to address staff who steal pharmaceuticals.


by JOHN COMMINS | 03/25/2015

The bill also delays until Sept. 30 changes in the two-midnight rule on inpatient billing that were set to take effect at the end of this month.


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