The proposed 2015 payment rate cut to Medicare Advantage health plans is less than expected and less than the reduction this year, but insurers and their allies in Congress are expressing displeasure with the prospect of a second consecutive haircut. >>>
An advocate for rural health says the rural hospital community in Georgia, rife with closings, is so financially strapped that "about 10% of our population [can be considered] Third World Nation health status." More hospital closings are "inevitable" and the trend could spread to the rest of the country, he says. >>>
A pair of quality initiatives say they are preventing harm and saving lives, but their data is lacking, two prominent patient safety and health policy experts contend. >>>
A health system's emergency medicine clinicians, using a methodology based on consensus, has developed a list of services that can be avoided to prevent patient harm and reduce hospital costs. >>>
A Department of Justice complaint alleges that for more than 10 years, four hospitals in Georgia and one in South Carolina paid kickbacks to Georgia-based Hispanic Medical Management, which operated an obstetric care clinic serving mostly undocumented aliens. >>>
Insured patients who are admitted to non-trauma hospitals may be getting "suboptimal" care in comparison to uninsured trauma patients who are "dumped" or transferred to trauma centers, a counterintuitive study finding suggests. >>>
The healthcare industry is in the throes of transition. While it may feel like turmoil, this is also a time of great opportunity. In this preview of the 2014 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey, we show how hospital and health system leaders plan to manage the shift from volume to value and support collaborative care. >>>
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