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Kill Your Chargemaster

Philip Betbeze

Regardless of how your organization looks on the massive list of hospital pricing data released to the public this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, you've got some strategic thinking to do. >>>


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CMS Releases Hospital Pricing Data

For the first time, the federal government has made public chargemaster data for the 100 most common Medicare inpatient diagnostic related groups or DRGs. Hospital prices vary widely even within the same city or region. >>>

Whistleblower Fines Against Tuomey, Adventist Health

A $39.3 judgment million and the specter of hefty fines hang over Tuomey Healthcare System following a jury's decision that it violated the Stark Law and the False Claims Act. Adventist Health will pay $14.1M to resolve false claims allegations. Both cases were initiated by whistleblowers. >>>

AMA Raises Reimbursement Concerns Over EHR Workarounds

Arguing that documenting a full clinical encounter in an electronic health record "can be pure torment," an American Medical Association official describes three time-saving methods physicians have turned to, each of which has the potential for abuse leading to the denial of CMS payments, he says. >>>

4 Strategies for Managing Hospitalists

Hospitalists are among healthcare's fastest growing specialties and increasingly they are playing more of a leadership role. As a result, providers must shift to accommodate a more team-based approach to care. >>>

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores 'Depressing'

In the Leapfrog Group's third release of hospital safety grades, overall scores rose minutely, but more hospitals got worse than got better. "So far, these numbers aren't really moving," says CEO Leah Binder. >>>

Hospitals Ramp Up Capital Spending on IT

More money is being invested in healthcare IT infrastructure and less in brick and mortar assets than ever before. If you doubt the data, listen to what one CFO at a New York health system is saying about his capital spending plans. >>>

SGR Ripe for Repeal, Where's Congress?

Physician groups say the time is finally right for lawmakers to overhaul the disdained sustainable growth-rate formula. But no one in Congress is embracing a specific plan, and the funding possibilities are uncertain. >>>

Spirituality Presents a Paradox in End-of-Life Care

The amount of spiritual support received by terminally ill patients has a direct impact on the aggressiveness of their end-of-life care. But not in the way you're probably thinking. >>>

Executive Insight Report

Executive Insight Report: Capital Finance—Industry Consolidation

The second in a series of four Executive Insight Reports from Bank of America Merrill Lynch explains the results of a survey on how leading organizations are approaching mergers, joint ventures, acquisitions, and strategic alliances, as they strive to meet the goals of healthcare reform. Download Today >>>

News Headlines

Health IT execs' top worries: Security, BYOD, cloud

InformationWeek, May 10, 2013

Execs' cushy healthcare could trigger fines

USA Today, May 10, 2013

U of TX regents expected to OK $334.5M plan for med school

The Austin American-Statesman, May 9, 2013

Getting to the right relationship between docs and drug companies

The Atlantic, May 9, 2013

Harkin lifts hold on top healthcare nominee

The Hill, May 8, 2013

New Parkland hospital running $16M over budget

The Dallas Morning News, May 8, 2013

VA says it learned from mistakes building Orlando hospital

Orlando Sentinel, May 8, 2013

HIPAA rules, outdated tech cost U.S. hospitals $8.3B a year

ComputerWorld, May 8, 2013

Every disease on earth: Elmhurst Hospital's medical melting pot

The New Yorker, May 7, 2013

Healthcare cost slowdown seen saving up to $770B

Bloomberg, May 7, 2013

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