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Payment bumps and price transparency requirements: Inside CMS' 2,610-page IPPS final rule

August 3, 2018


CMS' final rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Payment System for fiscal year 2019, which overhauls the meaningful use program and aims to improve hospital price transparency, will affect about 3,300 acute care facilities and about 420 LTCH facilities.

Diagnostic discordance occurs in about 85% of hospital transfers. Here's how providers are trying to do better.

August 1, 2018


A study finds that diagnostic discordance—when a patient receives different diagnoses after being transferred—occurs in roughly 85% of hospital transfers, and some hospitals are looking to resolve the issue.

How CMS wants to change MACRA's QPP in 2019

July 13, 2018


CMS says its Quality Payment Program proposed rule for 2019 includes changes to reduce clinician burden, emphasize patient outcome measures, and promote electronic health record interoperability.

Don't just donate your organs: Donate your data, scientists plead

July 2, 2018


Medical scientists increasingly want patients to donate massive amounts of sensitive personal information, from electronic health records to DNA data, either during their lives or after their deaths—but the modern age presents several unanswered questions around how this sensitive data will be used and whether scientists are prepared to keep the information safe.

Google's latest ambition: Predicting when patients will die

June 22, 2018


Google's new artificial intelligence system can predict a range of potential patient outcomes, including when a patient might die.

WHO releases draft of ICD-11

June 20, 2018


The World Health Organization releases a draft of its latest International Classification of Diseases—a compendium of about 55,000 unique codes for causes of death, diseases, and injuries.

Lawmakers approve dozens of bills to address opioid epidemic

June 18, 2018


The House, which last week considered nearly 40 bills intended to address the opioid epidemic, is scheduled to continue voting on opioid-related legislation this week.

How states can use federal Medicaid funds to combat the opioid epidemic, according to CMS

June 13, 2018


Two new CMS documents detail ways states can access federal Medicaid resources to help address the opioid epidemic.

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