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RAC Reform Movement Gains Some Traction

Joe Cantlupe

The American Hospital Association's recent win over the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in a court fight over Recovery Audit Contractor penalties opens the door for a bigger strategic push to overhaul the RAC system. >>>


Editor's Picks

Help for Addicted, Impaired Physicians Underutilized

Stress, burnout, and depression can lead physicians to substance use and abuse. Clinicians need to stop turning a blind eye to their dangerous colleagues. >>>

AHA Objects to New Patient Experience Surveys

Plans by CMS to introduce surveys about hospital outpatient surgical departments and ambulatory surgical centers would be burdensome and expensive for hospital administrators, the American Hospital Association contends. >>>

Medical Error Risk Rises Under Shorter Medical Intern Shifts

Researchers found that handoffs, a known risk factor for medical errors, increased 130% to 200% under rules limiting consecutive hourly duty limits for house staff interns. >>>

Lumbar Spine MRIs 'Frequently Inappropriate'

A study of requests for MRI scans of patients' lumbar spines finds that more than half of the medical imaging tests were "substantially" inappropriate or of uncertain value. >>>

Why Hospitals, Doctors Trail the HIT Revolution

Chris Wasden, a managing director and innovation practice leader at PwC, is convinced that the current healthcare IT revolution will happen last at hospitals and in doctors' offices. In an interview, he explains why. >>>

Hospitals Rethink the Service Line

While general surgery, cardiovascular care, and orthopedics still head the list of service lines with strong positive margins, more areas of specialization are popping up and providers of all sizes are reviewing their service lines. >>>

After an Adverse Event, Staff Needs Support

Evidence suggests the second victims of a medical error or adverse event—the healthcare providers—may contribute to further patient safety problems if not given the correct support. >>>

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News Headlines

Dream jobs disappearing for radiology trainees

The New York Times, March 28, 2013

CA issues annual ratings for health plans, physician groups

Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2013

Slow progress on efforts to pay docs, hospitals for 'value,' not volume

Kaiser Health News / USA Today, March 27, 2013

OIG: Doctor-owned device suppliers inherently suspect

Bloomberg News, March 27, 2013

Doctors, non-physicians battle over medical turf

Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2013

Are doctors' hands clean? This wristband knows

MIT Technology Review, March 27, 2013

Nurses can practice without supervision in many states

The Washington Post, March 26, 2013

Gunshot deaths pushing some ER doctors to activism

Kaiser Health News / Colorado Public Radio, March 26, 2013

MD hospitals target acquisitions of primary care practices

Baltimore Business Journal / The Business Journals, March 26, 2013

KY hospitals losing money on physician practices

Business First / The Business Journals, March 26, 2013

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