ALSO NOTED: OIG says "yes" to prompt-pay discounts; NY hospitals spend millions to renovate EDs; and much more...

> The HHS Office of the Inspector General has said that yes, it's OK to give patients who pay promptly for inpatient stays a significant discount. FierceHealthcare

> New York City hospitals are spending millions to renovate their emergency departments in an effort to streamline operations and reduce crowding. Article

> Georgia doctors say that the state's plan to increase fees paid under Medicaid is good, but argue that the planned increases aren't nearly large enough. Article

> Vermont is considering raising provider taxes on hospitals, a move which could cut net reimbursements $6 million to $16 million per year. Article

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