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$500M in Readmission Prevention Funds to Bypass Hospitals
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
Hospitals aren't very happy about the prospect of community-based organization getting government funds to coordinate post-discharge care in an effort to curb readmission rates. [Read More]
October 13, 2011
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In Financial Forecasting, Time to Plan for the Worst
Patient volumes are dropping off at some hospitals, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements are flattening, and healthcare CFOs are scratching their heads over financial forecasts. A stagnant economy calls for worst-case scenario planning. [Read More]

CMS, FDA to Launch Parallel Review of New Medical Devices
The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which usually conduct separate reviews of medical devices to determine safety, effectiveness, and whether they merit federal coverage, will test a parallel review process for innovative concepts. [Read More]

IOM Details Essential Health Benefits, Emphasizes Cost
To balance the cost and affordability of healthcare benefits provided by insurance plans, the Institute of Medicine recommends that essential benefits reflect "the scope and design of packages offered by small employers today." [Read More]

Aortic Centers Combat 'Silent Killer'
Rapid diagnosis and treatment at aortic centers can lower mortality rates for the growing population of aging Americans with potentially deadly aortic aneurysms, research shows. [Read More]

Lowest Quality Care Goes to Poor, Minority Patients
Harvard researchers identify 178 hospitals that provide the lowest quality of care, yet have the highest cost and find that these facilities treat a higher proportion of poor, aged, and minority patients than 122 hospitals that provide high quality and lower-cost care. [Read More]

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This Week's Headlines
Guideline experts have conflicts of interest, study finds
The Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2011

MO hospital tries to keep it quiet
Post-Dispatch, October 13, 2011

Thousands of MA medical records stolen in car break-in
MetroWest Daily News, October 12, 2011

High-tech help for people who don?t take their medicine
The Wall Street Journal, October 12, 2011

Hospitals unclear on payment
Politico, October 12, 2011

Opinion: The shortfalls of early cancer detection
The New York Times, October 11, 2011

Lawyer loses hard drive with patient records
Baltimore Sun, October 12, 2011


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