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CMS delays summer star ratings update (again)

July 17, 2019

A CMS spokesperson said the agency will not release updated hospital star ratings in August as expected and is delaying their release until further notice while a panel of experts reviews the methodology and proposes changes.

How these Democratic presidential hopefuls want to address high Rx costs

July 16, 2019

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who each are seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, have announced separate plans to address high prescription drug costs in the United States.

Do patients have better outcomes when more nurses have a BSN?

July 16, 2019

A patient's chances of being discharged with good neurologic functions after an in-hospital cardiac arrest increases when hospitals have a higher share of nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing, according to a study published this month in Health Affairs.

Why it's getting so much harder to treat UTIs

July 16, 2019

Evidence shows that urinary tract infections are becoming increasingly resistant to the routine course of antibiotics, leading to more serious illnesses, increased hospitalizations, and extended discomfort for patients.

How WakeMed reduced heart surgery readmission rates by 30%

July 16, 2019

WakeMed Health & Hospitals pioneered the use of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for heart surgery with dramatic results, seeing intensive care unit stays and readmissions fall and achieving estimated cost savings.

House panel advances bill to address 'surprise' medical bills—but will it go any further?

July 15, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Thursday advanced a bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by setting a benchmark payment rate for out-of-network services.

Inside the 346-page Home Health Prospective Payment System proposed rule

July 15, 2019

CMS on Thursday released a proposed rule to update certain Medicare payment regulations under the Home Health Prospective Payment System and increase payments for home health agencies by 1.3%.

Federal appeals court denies emergency halt of abortion 'gag rule'

July 15, 2019

A federal appeals court on Thursday denied a request for an emergency stay on a recent ruling that allows HHS' final rule to bar health care providers and clinics that receive Title X family planning grants from providing or referring patients for abortion care.

The most in-demand physicians in 2019, charted

July 12, 2019

For a new report, the physician recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins reviewed thousands of recruiting engagements for physicians and advanced practitioners over the last year. Find out which specialties were in the greatest demand—and which offered the highest salaries—on American Health Line's interactive charts.

CMS proposes mandatory bundled payment model for radiation oncology

July 12, 2019

CMS on Wednesday issued a proposed rule to implement a mandatory bundled payment model intended to replace Medicare's current fee-for-service payment model for radiation oncology in certain geographic regions.

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