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CMS has once again revised penalties for hospitals under its Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, which cuts hospitals' Medicare payments up to 1 percent for higher-than-expected 30-day readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients, according to a Kaiser Health News report.
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Prices at all hospitals were up 0.6 percent in February compared with January, and compared with February 2012, hospital prices were up 2.6 percent, according to the most recent Producer Price Index from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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A study, published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, has found that the gender of a healthcare provider does not have any significant effect on healthcare costs or mortality.
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The Advisory Board has been tracking which hospitals, health systems and payors have adopted commercial bundled payment strategies, and currently, there are more than 30 different agreements.
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Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:29

GOP's Latest SGR Fix Won't Cost Hospitals

House Republicans vowed not to force hospitals to pay for the party's plan to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate, an annual source of legislative ire that would drastically cut physician pay that Congress has overridden every year since 2003, according to a report by The Hill.
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When President Barack Obama signed sequestration into law this past weekend, roughly $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts went into effect for the rest of the federal government's 2013 fiscal year. But was it the best deal for hospitals and health systems?
Much buzz has been generated for months about the crisis of across-the-board spending cuts that took effect Friday after Congress failed to pass an equivalent $1.2 trillion savings package over the next 10 years. Few federal programs were spared from the cuts other than the Medicaid and CHIP programs.
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If passed, a Utah bill would alter the process by which medical providers are summoned to appear before a pre-litigation panel in medical malpractice lawsuits, according to a Salt Lake Tribune report.
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About 10 percent of healthcare practice owners plan on converting from Medicare providers to concierge or direct pay practices in the next three years, according to Forbes.
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Here are the top 10 reasons why the most commonly billed procedures in ambulatory surgical facilities were unexpectedly denied based on data collected between November 5, 2012 and February 11 2013 by RemitDATA, an independent source of comparative analytics for reimbursement, utilization and productivity data. The database houses 25 percent of all national outpatient remits.
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