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Damages from Medicaid Politics Won't Stop at Hospitals

John Commins

Try to imagine the ripple effect of punching a $4 billion hole in the economy of a state whose lawmakers refuse federal Medicaid subsidies. It's not just hospital jobs that will disappear. Ancillary support jobs in healthcare and other businesses will wither, too. >>>


Editor's Picks

Killer Metric Separates Good Hospitals From Bad

A hospital's low 30-day mortality rates for three key diagnoses might be an indicator of good survival rates for patients who receive hospital treatment for other conditions as well, researchers say. >>>

Providers May Be Hit by Health Insurance Exchanges

Healthcare CFOs from very different organizations express concern that HIX, both state- and federally operated, will have negative financial repercussions. >>>

55 Hospitals to Settle False Medicare Claim Charges for $34M

Twenty-three facilities in seven states that are affiliated with the for-profit HCA Inc., six affiliated with Lifepoint, and four with Trinity Health were charged with submitting false claims to Medicare for a procedure to treat spinal fractures. >>>

CMS Inspection of Parkland 'Ongoing'; Civil Suit Pending

Surveyors from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are expected to finish their inspection of Dallas-based Parkland Memorial Hospital later this summer. A civil suit stemming from the death of a patient has been approved to proceed by a federal judge. >>>

Gun Injury Hospitalizations Drop 67% in CA

Two decades of declining firearm-related injuries in California is good news for population health, but the costs of treating patients who have been shot have risen drastically. >>>

Public Health Nurse Recruitment Barriers Detailed

While public health nurses report high levels of job satisfaction, they are "extremely unsatisfied" with their salaries, lack education and training resources, and don't see opportunities to grow into leadership roles, survey data shows. >>>

Patient Safety: Pay Now or Pay Later

Some hospitals believe they can't afford investing in assistive technologies that improve patient safety and protect nurses from injury. Can they afford not to? >>>

Intermountain Launches Analytics Tool for Population Health Data

OutcomesMiner is intended to help hospitals and clinics determine better medical treatments based on clinical data and patient characteristics. >>>

Special Report

Special Report: Counter Reimbursement Reductions With Revenue Cycle Improvements

Though considerable uncertainty still surrounds recent government healthcare reform, executives at Sierra Medical Center and Providence Memorial Hospital are taking a proactive approach to mitigate continued reductions in government payor reimbursements. Free Download >>>

News Headlines

9 Pioneer ACOs expected to leave Medicare program

InformationWeek, July 3, 2013

Owner of closed Chicago hospital blames government for shutdown

The Chicago Tribune, July 3, 2013

Special election set for $830M Jackson Health bond

The Miami Herald, July 3, 2013

Community clinics reinvent healthcare in New Orleans

MSNBC, July 3, 2013

US hospital industry prepares for upheaval

The Economist, July 2, 2013

Emergency rooms take toll on older patients

Kaiser Health News, July 2, 2013

Hospital-lab mishaps detailed that cost OSU $1M

The Columbus Dispatch, July 2, 2013

Hospitals reward CEOs for profit over quality care

The Seattle Times / Kaiser Health News, July 1, 2013

Mercy Health abandons AR hospital deal

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 1, 2013

Dems to Sebelius: Seniors confused on Obamacare

Politico, June 28, 2013

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