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CMS Names Medicare Advantage Plan Stars

Margaret Dick Tocknell

This year the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awards its top honor of five stars to only 15 of 563 high performing health plans that meet a checklist of quality and accountability standards. >>>


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CMS Proposal on Hospital Outpatient Payment Panel Open for Comment

This is the first year that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services asked representatives from critical access hospitals to help make recommendations on supervision requirements for certain services such as IV hydration and venipuncture via vein. >>>

Pharmacy Aligns With Hospitals to Reduce Readmissions

Health systems under pressure to lower readmission rates are getting help from Walgreens, which is using its pharmacists to coordinate patient care during admission and discharge. >>>

'No-Pay' Policy for HAIs Does Not Reduce Infections

Researchers find no reduction in the rate of certain hospital-acquired infections after the start of a federal policy prohibiting reimbursement for acute care services necessitated by those infections. >>>

Countdown to ICD-10 is On

The Department of Health and Human Services decision to delay the compliance date for ICD-10 to October 1, 2014 was based on knowledge that significant numbers of healthcare organizations would not meet the original deadline. Don't expect another delay. >>>

U.S. Trails in Adopting Value-based Healthcare

Of 12 countries evaluated, Sweden is the most advanced at implementing approaches to better controlling healthcare costs by improving outcomes while maintaining or lowering cost, says a study. The high costs and fragmented nature of the U.S. healthcare system are cited as reasons why it lags. >>>

Capital Funding Deals Get Creative

Little is new in capital financing for healthcare institutions, "but now there are lots of shades of gray in how deals are created," says the CFO of a health system that has long used cash generated from operations, fundraising, and borrowing. But his approach is changing. >>>

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News Headlines

UnitedHealth raises forecast on contained medical costs

Bloomberg Businessweek News, October 17, 2012

Why private Medicare plans don't cost less

The New York Times, October 17, 2012

Health shift will affect 860,000 CA children

CBS / Associated Press, October 17, 2012

Bill aims to block HMO cuts in NJ Medicaid reimbursements

NJ Spotlight, October 17, 2012

Peeling away healthcare's sticker shock

Wired, October 17, 2012

Safety-net hospitals brace for cut to federal subsidies

Kaiser Health News / Minnesota Public Radio, October 16, 2012

Privatized Medicare would raise premiums

The Boston Globe / Associated Press, October 16, 2012

Alabama hospitals struggle with Medicare reimbursement system

The Anniston Star, October 15, 2012

Changes at LSU hospitals worry private providers

Alexandria Town Talk, October 15, 2012

Doctors disagree on healthcare law's effects

The Durango Herald / Colorado Public News, October 15, 2012

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