Hospital leaders testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee derided Medicare's two-midnight and observation rules, saying that not only are the policies not working, they've also added huge costs and quality issues for providers and patients. >>>
Tom Scully, a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is no fan of the healthcare reform law, but has found one thing to like about it: "It draws incentives away from volume-based reimbursement to quality-based because the government has its money at risk." >>>
The proposed rule would give healthcare providers more flexibility in how they use electronic health record systems to meet Meaningful Use requirements and would formally extend the timelines for Stage 2 and Stage 3. >>>
A widespread shortage of saline solution is forcing hospital pharmacists and healthcare clinicians to stretch existing supplies, find workarounds, and formulate substitutes. >>>
The new book by athenahealth's Jonathan Bush offers few ways out of the current healthcare mess, despite the importance of technological fixes. But liberated data is a bright spot. >>>
Patient experience is not a nicety, but a quantifiable score that can decrease revenue. Learn from Cleveland Clinic's lessons: focus on culture, quickly; get physicians on board, despite their recalcitrance; and just get started. >>>
Instead of grilling Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who is expected to be confirmed as the next head of the Department of Health and Human Services, many Republican senators on the committee used their allotted time to rail against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. >>>
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