If ever there was a year in which "anything could happen" in healthcare, 2012 just might be it. Numerous major decisions, regulations, and policy rollouts loom, including how severely physicians' pay will be cut and whether the Affordable Care Act itself is a constitutional document. We look at a dozen potential game changers. >>>
The Department of Health and Human Services has backtracked on its commitment to "transparency" by restricting public access to the National Practitioner Data Bank, which helps patients and others identify problem doctors by state. >>>
Some hospital executives and other leaders are looking with dread at the "sequester," a process by which hospitals and physicians will see automatic Medicare reimbursement cuts of 2% starting in 2013. >>>
Uninsured patients spend less time in the hospital than insured patients, according to a study that suggests that ability to pay plays a greater role than medical need when determining length of stay. >>>
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