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  1. OIG: Texas received $95.3M in Medicaid overpayments

    Texas received more than $95.3 million from Medicaid for services that did not qualify for reimbursement during the period from May 1, 2004 through Sept. 30, 2007, according an audit by HHS' Office of the Inspector General. By Brooke Murphy -
  2. CMS ends ICD-10 claims auditing, quality reporting leniency Oct. 1

    CMS has updated its guidance on ICD-10 claims auditing and quality reporting for Part B physician fee schedule claims, noting this past year's leniency period will expire Oct. 1, according to the American Hospital Association.   By Brooke Murphy -
  3. McKesson threatens to pull technology from bankrupt hospital

    McKesson has threatened to remove its EHR and other IT equipment from a Pioneer Health Services hospital unless the bankrupt health system coughs up $908,151 in late rental payments, reports Winston-Salem Journal. By Brooke Murphy -

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  1. Advertising campaign escalates feud between Catholic Health, union

    The union that represents workers at Catholic Health has launched an advertising campaign against the Buffalo, N.Y.-based system, reports Buffalo Business First.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 2 Florida companies to pay $17M for erectile dysfunction billing and marketing scheme

    Two Florida companies were ordered to pay $17 million over allegations they deceptively marketed and billed for medications and services relating to the treatment of erectile dysfunction at an unlicensed medical clinic in Framingham, Mass.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Researchers ask: When patients flood a hospital — who should be saved first?

    Researchers from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine are extending the decision-making process to the public regarding who providers should prioritize saving in the event of a disease outbreak, terrorist attack or national disaster, according to a report in The New York Times.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Mayo Clinic-SEIU food fight gets political

    A labor dispute between Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic and SEIU Healthcare Minnesota has garnered attention from local lawmakers — who have already begun to petition the issue, according to a report from the Post-Bulletin.  By Emily Rappleye -

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  1. Research finds workers ages 50 and up slated for 'old-person' jobs

    Research out of Boston University finds people who change jobs after age 50 are increasingly likely to end up in "old-person" jobs. But what exactly is an old person job?  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Equity Healthcare to target employees most likely to benefit from health advice

    Equity Healthcare, a health services company owned by private equity giant Blackstone Group, is changing the way employees under its umbrella receive advice.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Water birth ban at Ga. hospital incites protests from pregnant women

    A group of pregnant women are planning to gather in protest at DeKalb Medical Center's North Decatur (Ga.) campus on Aug. 26 due to the hospital's decision to temporarily suspend the practice of water births, according to the Decaturish. By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. Hackensack Meridian Health merger improves hospitals' credit ratings

    Recent credit reports indicate that the merger between Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center and Meridian Health System in Wall Township, N.J., strengthened both institutions financially, according to NorthJersey.com.  By Alyssa Rege -

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  1. Fitch: Pfizer Deal Highlights US Pharma Trend in M&A

    New York-based Pfizer's acquisition of San Francisco-based Medivation highlights the market trend of U.S. pharmaceutical firms pursuing targeted acquisitions rather than large, transformative ones, according to Fitch Ratings.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. HIMSS: Nearly a third of hospitals transmit patient data unencrypted

    When hospitals transfer data in an unencrypted fashion, it leaves that information vulnerable to be breached through various means. Additionally, unencrypted data can be tampered with during transit. Unfortunately, nearly a third of acute providers and less than half of non-acute providers encrypt sensitive data during transit, according to a survey from HIMSS. By Max Green -
  3. Cain Brothers: 3 core thoughts on public health exchanges

    Clear structural flaws have emerged in the design and function of the public health exchanges, evidenced by both payers and insurance coops financial struggles. As the marketplace evolves, however, executives at investment banking firm Cain Brothers predict market conditions will inform a new type of payer, insurance design and consumer suited to success.  By Alyssa Rege and Brooke Murphy -
  4. Lab errors cause 4k faulty BAC tests by Michigan State Police

    Due to an incorrect calibration model, more than 4,000 blood alcohol content tests across Michigan returned faulty results, according to a Detroit Free Press report.  By Max Green -
  5. Integrating behavioral and primary care can improve care quality, study finds

    When adults received primary care from an integrated team of mental health and primary care clinicians, as opposed to traditional practice management practices, they experienced higher-quality care, according to a study in JAMA. Use of integrated care teams was also linked to lower care utilization. By Heather Punke -
  6. A state-by-state breakdown of 76 rural hospital closures

    Of the 25 states that have seen at least one rural hospital close since 2010, those with the most closures are located in the South, according to research from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program.  By Ayla Ellison -
  7. Calif. hospital to pay 3 former employees $1.7M in harassment suit

    Community Hospital of Long Beach (Calif.) and the former manager of the hospital's psychiatric unit have been ordered to pay $1.7 million to three ex-employees who alleged they were subjected to sexual harassment and discrimination, according to the Long Beach Patch.  By Ayla Ellison -
  8. Owensboro Health names Greg Strahan president & CEO: 4 things to know

    Owensboro (Ky.) Health named Greg Strahan president and CEO, effective immediately.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Cornerstone Medical Center's appoints Jessica Long CEO

    Cornerstone Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., named Jessica Long CEO. She previously served as senior vice president of operations at ApolloMD, a physician-owned national group practice that partners with hospitals to provide multispecialty solutions.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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