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Meaningful Use Push for Rural Hospitals is On

John Commins

Smaller rural hospitals have been given short shrift in the move to meaningful use. Now officials with the Office of the National Coordinator are providing additional funding to speed things up. Otherwise, it looks like the vast majority of critical access hospitals won't make the deadline. >>>


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Medicare Pay Cuts for Poor Readmission Scores Begin

Two provisions of the healthcare reform law will affect the way hospitals receive payment for care provided to Medicare patients. For some struggling hospitals, the change represents a significant financial chunk. >>>

Your Secret Weapon in War on HAIs

As the difficulties and costs of fighting hospital-acquired infections are better understood, health system leaders are beginning to realize the value of an underappreciated resource. >>>

Sharing Analytics Improves Outcomes, Revenue

The secret to successfully using business intelligence in a healthcare enterprise is to not only distribute the data to top leadership, but to all those in the organization with a need to know. >>>

1 in 3 Providers Avoid Flu Shots as Stakes Rise

Federal pay-for-reporting rules will require hospitals to submit influenza vaccination rates next year. The goal is to immunize 90% healthcare workers, but many hospitals and health systems are in danger of falling short. >>>

Personalized Cancer Treatments Approach Tipping Point

Significant cost reductions for genome sequencing are bringing personalized medicine into better focus. But payers are lagging and providers may struggle to build up the necessary infrastructure before it becomes the standard of care. >>>

Patient Safety Starts with Nurse Managers

Nurses are more likely to report patient care errors when they feel safe admitting mistakes to their supervisors. That, in turn, leads to a lower overall error rate, research shows. >>>

DRG 312 Reviews Put Providers 'In a Squeeze'

Under diagnosis-related group 312, providers in Ohio and Kentucky could potentially have their records requested by Medicare recovery audit contractors for a complex medical review. The CIGNA Government Services error rate for DRG 312 is 80 percent. >>>

Why Health Insurance Exchanges Unnerve CFOs

To financial executives of organizations serving small Medicare- and Medicaid-dependent populations and few uninsured patients, state-run commercial payer plans can seem scary because they threaten the bottom line. >>>

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Reboot for ICD-10: Lessons from UnitedHealth Group

Date: Oct. 22, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET


With the implementation deadline confirmed, the transition to ICD-10 shifts into high gear. Now providers and payers must prepare quickly. Learn from UnitedHealth Group and other coding experts how to assess your organization's existing structure, create a transition process, and move toward compliance while meeting risk and cost constraints.


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News Headlines

On property, UPMC spends big and is taxed little

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 3, 2012

Many states not prepared for healthcare law

The Washington Post, October 3, 2012

Wyoming Medical Center settles Medicare fraud suit for $2.7M

Billings Gazette, October 3, 2012

MA doctor shortage a problem at community hospitals

The Eagle Tribune, October 3, 2012

Hospital PAC spends nearly $1M on political ads

The Center For Public Integrity, October 2, 2012

Hospitals probed on use of drug discounts

The Charlotte Observer, October 1, 2012

A looming US doctor shortage

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, October 1, 2012

Experts disagree on 'best hospitals' rankings

USA Today, October 1, 2012

IA hospitals set limits on dispensing painkillers

Des Moines Register, October 1, 2012

Hospital observation units could save billions in health costs

U.S.News & World Report, September 28, 2012

Upside of Hospital Downsizing is More Focused Care

HealthLeaders Media, September 26, 2012

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Date: Oct. 16, 2012, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (ET)

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