Kaiser's $900M hospital; Scope of practice widening for pharmacists;

News From Around The Web

> Kaiser Permanente breaks ground on a $900 million, state-of-the-art hospital that will open in San Diego in 2017, according to The [San Diego] Daily Transcript. Article

> In some states, pharmacists--all of whom need doctorate degrees for their licenses--are getting more leeway to assist in patient care decisions, Kaiser Health News reports. Article

> The American Hospital Association has updated its inpatient payment calculators for its membership, according to AHA News Now. Article

Provider News

> Is it worth it for healthcare providers to self-report potential fraud under the Stark Law to avoid or reduce potential fines and penalties for violating anti-fraud and anti-kickback laws? Not necessarily, according to a column by Jonathan Sack in Forbes. Current protocols for self-disclosure in healthcare "often fall short of expectations," he writes. Article

Healthcare IT News

> ICD-10 implementation costs will be more expensive--in some cases more than three times previous cost estimates--for physician practices, according to updated research published Wednesday by the American Medical Association. Article

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