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Hospital Medicare Funds Get Bipartisan Push

John Commins

Funding for 212 Medicare-dependent hospitals and about 650 low-volume hospitals expired when the new federal budget year began on October 1. But hope remains, in the form of a bill cosponsored by 26 Senators from both parties. >>>


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Higher Readmission Penalties Linked to Low HCAHPS Scores

Hospitals that score the lowest on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys are most likely to be penalized the maximum 1% of their Medicare DRG payments, analysis finds. >>>

CMS Bundled Payment Changes Untenable?

Recent changes by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation to its Bundled Payment Care Improvement Initiative could make pursuing its model untenable and even cause some applicants to drop out of the program, says a reviewer of bundled payment applications. Is that really an option? >>>

ED Waits Linked to Higher Costs, LOS

High emergency department crowding was associated with 300 excess inpatient deaths, 6,200 hospital days, and $17 million in costs, a study of nearly one million ED visits finds. >>>

Telemedicine Program Signals Bold Leadership on a Small Scale

One hospital's offering of 24/7 physician consultations by phone or video shows innovation and an embrace of the future of medicine, albeit as a low-risk proposition. >>>

DLP Strategies for Securing Healthcare Data

One of the biggest threats to data within a healthcare enterprise comes from the ordinary movements of authorized personnel and the information they carry. To address this risk, healthcare executives are turning to a layer known as data-loss prevention, or DLP. >>>

Q&A: Don Berwick Reflects on Healthcare Reform, Part II

A year after leaving his position as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Don Berwick, MD, talks with HealthLeaders about death panels, the challenges of implementing healthcare reform, and Medicare and Medicaid fraud. >>>

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News Headlines

Health centers find opportunity in brownfields

The New York Times, December 12, 2012

Feds probe brain operations at CA hospital

San Francisco Chronicle / Associated Press, December 12, 2012

OH hospital to resume kidney transplants

Star Tribune / Associated Press, December 12, 2012

Indiana HIE lets public see quality metrics

InformationWeek, December 12, 2012

Surprise: New insurance fee in health overhaul law

Houston Chronicle / Associated Press, December 11, 2012

Times investigation: Dying for relief

Los Angeles Times, December 11, 2012

Judge: Shands Jacksonville's expansion plan should be rejected

The Florida Times-Union, December 11, 2012

'Moral objection' bill would allow healthcare providers to refuse service

Detroit Free Press, December 7, 2012

RI union sues to stop flu-shot mandate

Boston Globe / Associated Press, December 7, 2012

Cleveland Clinic CEO shares his vision for the future of healthcare

Business Insider, December 6, 2012

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