Facing significant reductions in payments, mounting regulatory actions, and a "broken" RAC appeals process, hospitals are facing a variety of pressures in the new year, the American Hospital Association says. >>>
New Hampshire has only one health insurer participating in its federal exchange marketplace, but state lawmakers and regulators are optimistic that other payers will join the market in 2015. >>>
While an influential advocate for patient safety and former committee chair of the National Quality Forum denies allegations that he took kickbacks from a product manufacturer, the DOJ has named him in a settlement agreement. The NQF cut ties with him years ago and updated its conflict of interest policies. >>>
Treatment guidance from medical specialty groups varies widely in terms of its potential financial impact on providers, acknowledges the head of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, which backs the Choosing Wisely initiative to promote evidence-based care. >>>
In a study, antibiotic prescription rates for antibiotic-inappropriate diagnoses dropped after clinicians posted photos of themselves alongside signed pledges to "avoid prescribing antibiotics when they are likely to do more harm than good." >>>
UnitedHealthcare is headed to federal court-ordered arbitration with two doctors groups in Connecticut over the insurer's decision to drop some physicians from its Medicare Advantage network. >>>
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