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Growth of Senior-Specific EDs Holds Quality Promise But Raises Cost Issues

A small but growing number of hospitals are building emergency departments specifically for elderly patients at a time when the senior population is growing and hospitals are incentivized to develop new ways to prevent re-admissions and improve patient satisfaction. That trend made the ECRI Institute’s annual C-Suite Watch List of 10 clinical developments, tools and technologies that raise questions about […]

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OIG Reports on CMS Failure to Address EHR Vulnerabilities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently released another report on the use of electronic health records (EHR). This new report takes aim at the lack of integrity practices CMS and its contractors have established to address vulnerabilities in EHR technology. Last month, the OIG targeted hospitals […]

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Medical Debt Will Persist Despite Health Law

Millions of Americans will get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act that will protect them from potentially ruinous medical expenses, but a new USA TODAY analysis shows the health plans they can choose still leave them vulnerable to thousands in deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs each year. Medical insurance deductibles for plans on the […]

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AMA Fears Privacy Loss as Medicare Moves to Reveal Doc Pay

The American Medical Association is warning that the Obama administration could violate physicians’ privacy rights if it poorly implements its new policy for informing the public how much money Medicare pays to individual doctors. But other groups say the administration did not go far enough in making payment data broadly accessible. On Tuesday, HHS announced […]

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