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Federal appeals court removes barrier for dual hospital classification

It may now be easier for hospitals to improve outcomes at lower costs by claiming both "urban" and "rural" status, thanks to a ruling by the 2 nd  U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

More than 200K to see hit in Medicare payments after failing to meet MU requirements

More than 200,000 eligible professionals are set to see a slash in their Medicare payments after failing to meet Meaningful Use standards in 2014, according to a fact sheet released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

A coordinated approach to improving cost and quality of care

A new study demonstrates the value of a coordinated, customized medication education programs that target doctors and patients: reduced hospitalizations and hospital readmissions.

Pilot programs for dual-eligibles struggle with enrollment

The federal government is having trouble reaching its enrollment goals for a program aimed at improving care and lowering costs for those eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid,  The Wall Street Journal  reports.

AMA slams Medicare for releasing 'inaccurate' physician data

Despite objections from many physician groups over the accuracy of the Physican Quality Reporting System that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services uses to provide information on its Physician Compare website, the agency has expanded its quality data on the site for group practices, accountable care organizations and individual healthcare providers.

Letter urges Senate to preserve RAC program

Three organizations aimed at reducing government waste have issued a letter to the Senate criticizing recent policies that have minimized the impact of the Recovery Audit Contractor program.  

Docs push for wider adoption of house calls for geriatric care

The aging of the Baby Boomers has the healthcare industry looking nervously toward the dilemmas and tradeoffs involved in providing effective geriatric care. In house calls, the  Washington Post  reports, a group of doctors sees a rare win-win solution: a cost-effective way of providing better-quality care.

CMS data on hospital-acquired infections confuses consumers

Federal data on hospital-acquired infections, intended to help consumers choose hospitals, actually confuses them, a study published in  Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology  found.

Value-based purchasing scores remain volatile

Data from Medicare's value-based purchasing program contain broad variations and few clear patterns, according to a new report from Leavitt Partners, and the report's author says it may take solutions such as a separate program for low-volume hospitals or combining Medicare's care-quality programs to achieve meaningful improvements.

Proposed CMS rule aims to involve patients in discharge

Patient preference during the hospital discharge planning process would hold greater weight under a new proposed rule that also aims to reduce readmissions.