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  1. 4.7% of eligible hospitals failed post-payment MU audits: 3 findings

    Nearly 5 percent of eligible hospitals failed their post-payment meaningful use audits, resulting in the those hospitals being required to return their EHR incentive payments, according to data from the HHS published in a recent Health Security Solutions infographic. About 94 percent of the 651 post-payment meaningful use audits have been completed between January 2011 and August 2014. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. 10 statistics on the current use of telemedicine in hospitals, health systems

    Ninety percent of healthcare leaders reported their organizations have begun developing or implementing a telemedicine program, evidencing an industry-wide embrace of technology to achieve improved quality of care for patients and organizational success. According to the 2014 Telemedicine Survey Executive Summary conducted by Foley and Lardner LLP, healthcare leaders have reported a strong commitment to adopting telemedicine programs, even in the face of financial barriers and physician resistance. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. IASIS Healthcare signs definitive agreement to sell North Vista Hospital

    Franklin, Tenn.-based IASIS Healthcare has signed a definitive agreement to sell 177-bed North Vista Hospital in Las Vegas to Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare Services.  By Ayla Ellison -

Information governance in healthcare

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Today, healthcare is increasingly impacted by technological change. The emergence of the electronic health record (EHR), the increased use of business intelligence and data analytics, an increasing emphasis on quality reporting, and the evolution of mobile and hand-held technology all contribute to an increase in information - in multiple formats - in multiple places - with multiple uses.
  1. Ebola victim's family settles with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital

    The family of Thomas Eric Duncan — the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. and died as a result of the virus — has reached a "resolution" with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas after alleging the hospital had not taken all of the necessary steps to save Mr. Duncan's life, according to The Washington Post.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. UnitedHealthcare, Commonwealth Primary Care launch ACO in Arizona

    Health insurer UnitedHealthcare and Commonwealth Primary Care, an accountable care organization in Phoenix, have partnered to launch an ACO to provide care coordination to UnitedHealthcare members in Maricopa and Pinal counties.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. OIG: Queens Medical Center received $319k in overpayments

    Queens Medical Center, an acute-care hospital located in Honolulu, did not fully comply with billing requirements for 49 of 223 claims selected for review by HHS' Office of the Inspector General, which resulted in overpayments of $318,587.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Consumer opinions about the PPACA and U.S. healthcare: 10 things to know

    American health insurance consumers are a mix of confused and cost-conscious going into the next enrollment period for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to new survey results from San Francisco-based Healthline.  By Shannon Barnet -

5 Practices for Labor Cost & Care Quality 

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Healthcare organizations are driving labor cost containment and quality of care initiatives by leveraging workforce data. Learn more about the top five workforce management best practices as identified by 124 senior leaders in a recent Health Leaders survey and understand how these strategies can help your organization achieve cost and quality improvements.
  1. PPACA enrollment expected to tumble: 5 facts and observations

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has endured criticism and challenges from politicians, consumers and providers since President Barack Obama first signed it into action in 2010. Now, as the eve of Nov. 15 is just days away, the start date of the second open enrollment period of the PPACA insurance exchanges, new data shows projected rates of enrollment have significantly dropped. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Anthem BCBS teams up with Eastern Maine Health System to form ACO

    Brewer-based Eastern Maine Health System and an EMHS-led group of hospitals and physician practices agreed to partner with Maine health insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to form an accountable care organization, according to Bangor Daily News.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. The role of affiliations and consolidation in the healthcare ecosystem

    Consolidations and affiliations take many forms. During a panel session I moderated at our firm's Healthcare Executive Summit, held this past summer in Chicago, healthcare leaders shared their experiences and ideas about how other healthcare providers can engage in affiliations and other partnerships in their own environments.  By Matt Weekley, National Healthcare Practice Leader, Plante Moran -
  4. Steward's closure of Quincy Medical Center may violate agreement with Massachusetts Attorney General

    Boston-based Steward Health Care System may be in hot water with Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley for planning to shut down Quincy (Mass.) Medical Center, according to a report from The Boston Globe.  By Shannon Barnet -

The New PPACA Payments Environment

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The landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is playing a major role in moving the healthcare industry to greater reliance on electronic payments and administration.
  1. You've got mail: 8 findings on physician-patient online communication

    While the convenience of email may be conducive for patients, physicians are often concerned the impact of online communication will be a burden on their time, productivity and reimbursement, according to a recent study in Health Affairs. Despite patients' interest, recent data suggests only 9 percent of physicians offered a patient portal that could allow secure messaging. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Poll: Employers cite healthcare costs as No. 1 company challenge

    Only 45 percent of small and mid-sized business executives say they are ready for the implementation of the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a recent survey conducted by the Lucas Group. The employer mandate will become effective in 2015 and requires businesses with more than 50 employees to provide healthcare coverage or be subject to fines. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. For-profit hospital stock report: Week of Nov. 3-7

    All five of the major for-profit hospital operators saw their stock prices decrease last week.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. HHS significantly lowers estimation for 2015 open enrollment sign-ups

    HHS has projected marketplace enrollment in 2015 will be between 9 million and 9.9 million people, which is significantly lower than the 13 million people the Congressional Budget Office projected would enroll.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. CHS to sell Riverview Regional Medical Center to Prime Healthcare

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems has signed a definitive agreement to sell substantially all of the assets of Riverview Regional Medical Center in Gadsden, Ala., and its related outpatient services, to Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare Services.  By Ayla Ellison -
  6. Kaiser Hospitals, Health Plan post net income of $997M in Q3

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan have reported combined operating revenue of $14.2 billion for the third quarter of this year, up from the $13.2 billion recorded in the same period of 2013.  By Ayla Ellison -
  7. Bert Fish Medical Center in exclusive partnership talks with Florida Hospital

    The board that oversees Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., has voted to only engage in partnership discussions with Florida Hospital in Tampa, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.  By Ayla Ellison -
  8. Thousands of nurses start 2-day strike today over Ebola preparedness

    A strike organized by National Nurses United that will stop the work of roughly 18,000 nurses at nearly 90 hospitals and clinics in California started Tuesday at 7 a.m. By Heather Punke -
  9. NYC physician recovers from Ebola, to be discharged today

    Craig Spencer, MD, the patient being treated for Ebola at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, has been declared Ebola-free and will be released from the hospital today, according to an NBC News report. By Heather Punke -

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