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AHA Pushes PARTS Bill for Rural Hospitals

John Commins

Looks like when lawmakers return next month, Congress will retroactively approve another stopgap measure related to oversight of outpatient therapy services at critical access and small rural hospitals. >>>


Editor's Picks

Senators Hear How Two-Midnight Rule Harms Patients, Hospitals

The financial impact of observation status has become a flashpoint for hospitals and seniors and is the focus of a hearing before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. >>>

Handshaking Spreads Germs. Get Over It.

Evidence is mounting that alternatives to hand-to-hand contact between and among healthcare workers and sick people are necessary to curb the spread of infection. >>>

CMS Issues Final FY2015 Rule on Inpatient Hospital Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule for FY 2015 includes a 1.4% increase for operating payment rates. >>>

Business Roundup: Duke LifePoint Expands NC Footprint

Also, BayHealth and Peninsula Regional form an interstate collaborative, Tenet Healthcare acquires its 80th hospital, and Lahey Health and Winchester Hospital finalize their affiliation. >>>

CHS Cites 'Shifting' Standards in Fraud Allegation Settlement

An attorney representing one of the whistleblowers alleging that Community Health Systems committed fraud says that as a nation, "we have a healthcare delivery system where doctors and individual decision making, to some degree, have been shoved to the side by corporate managers." >>>

CMS Confirms ICD-10 Deadline

October 1st, 2015, is the deadline for healthcare providers to implement the twice-delayed ICD-10 code set, federal officials confirm. >>>

Weighing Telehealth's Pros and Cons

Remote teams can cut hospital costs and help fill staffing gaps, but HIT and regulatory requirements can be daunting, especially for small, remote hospitals. >>>

Q&A: Texas Health Resources Incoming CEO Talks Strategy

After 28 years serving THR in various capacities, most recently as COO, Barclay Berdan says he's ready to take on the strategic challenges of leading the 25-hospital health system. >>>

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Date: September 30, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Join leaders from OhioHealth Group/Health4 and Cigna as they reveal which population-based payment models can be applied to patient care, and how payers and providers can work together to optimize care, improve quality, and maximize reimbursements. Register Today >>>

News Headlines

Cerner to buy Siemens health data unit for $1.3 billion

Bloomberg, August 6, 2014

Groups call for delay in physician transparency database

The Hill, August 6, 2014

Some CA hospitals, insurers disappointed in bundled payments

Kaiser Health News, August 6, 2014

Opinion: Expensive hospitals aren't any better

Bloomberg View, August 6, 2014

Hospitals equip to serve severely obese patients

Tampa Bay Times, August 6, 2014

Study finds ER closures affect mortality risks at nearby hospitals

Kaiser Health News, August 5, 2014

Concierge medicine a growing trend in healthcare

Dayton Daily News, August 4, 2014

$1,000 hepatitis pill shows why fixing health costs is so hard

The New York Times, August 4, 2014

Opinion: Jobs are growing. Healthcare is booming. So why are hospitals flat?

Forbes, August 4, 2014

6 states, DC extending Medicaid pay raise next year to primary care doctors

Kaiser Health News, August 1, 2014

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