The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a potential treasure trove of 2012 Medicare physician claim information. The release, which makes the data public for the first time since 1979, is "a huge step to making the Medicare system more transparent," CMS says. >>>
CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner firmly vowed only weeks ago that there would be no ICD-10 delay. Now that an undefined delay has been announced, she remains silent on ICD-10's next steps. >>>
The most significant change on tap to the ratings system is expected to be an increase in the star threshold for bonus payments to health plans, based on a wide array of quality standards. >>>
A decade after the release of an IOM report warning of serious threats to patient safety associated with nurses' work environments, things haven't changed as much as might have been expected. >>>
If you don't, you should. A nearly empty hospital indicates you've achieved functional integration such that your continued existence doesn't depend on the hospital at all. It depends instead on how well you take care of people to make sure they seldom, if ever, end up there. >>>
Just over half of the 114 organizations to join one of two Medicare accountable care organization efforts in 2012 report no decrease in health spending below targets during their first 12 months. >>>
While HR handles most personnel issues in hospitals, the use of professionalism committees is on the rise. Staffed by physicians, they confront peers who are exhibiting disruptive behavior and they provide counseling. >>>
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