CO physicians may be overbilling Medicare; AHA urges rejection of site-neutral payments;

News From Around The Web

> A new database on Medicare billing data suggests many physicians in Colorado overbill for office visits, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

> In testimony, a representative of the American Hospital Association urged a Congressional panel to reject site-neutral payments for hospitals, saying they would erode margins, AHA News Now reported. Article

Provider News

> An initiative to catch errors at the point of care and prevent incidents of patient harm helped the Carolinas HealthCare System save more than $17 million in care costs from 2012 to 2013. The system prevented an estimated 4,400 patient-safety events ranging from hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), readmissions and adverse drug reactions, according to an announcement about the initiative. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Medical education and patient outcomes both were shown to improve after doctors participated in an online game, according to new research out of Boston. For the game, providers who played were more successful in bringing their patients' blood pressure under control over the course of 142 days than providers who merely read BP management information online over the course of 148 days. Article

And finally... Academic research on beer goggles. Article