Hospital ratings all over the map; NIH able to admit handful to clinical trials;

News From Around The Web

> A variety of organizations rate hospitals these days, but their different methodologies and missions may place them in conflict, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

> The National Institutes for Health were able to admit a handful of desperately ill patients into clinical trials last week, but the organization's admission numbers have fallen as a result of the government shutdown, according to the Associated Press. Article

> While Connecticut has managed to enroll nearly 2,000 residents through its state health insurance exchange since it opened for business, many still are complaining about the costs, reported the Associated Press. Article

Provider News

> The University of Wisconsin (UW) Hospitals and Clinics owes $316,000 in Medicare overpayments on claims between 2008 and 2010, an Office of Inspector General audit found. While the hospital met billing requirements for 87 out of 186 inpatient and outpatient claims reviewed, the remaining 99 did not comply with Medicare billing requirements. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Vanderbilt University Medical Center is testing two statistical models to determine whether using predictive risk scores can improve care. A computer program called Cornelius calculates two risk scores for each patient entering the hospital: one for developing bedsores and the other for readmission, according to an announcement. Article

And Finally... Pregnant woman turned away from clinic gives birth on its front lawn. Article