North Dakota hospitals receive bad debt relief; CMS accepting more applications for bundled payment model;

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> North Dakota hospitals receive bad debt relief from new IT screening tools that evaluate patients' creditworthiness. Article

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting more applications for model 1 of its bundled payment initiative. Notice

> Bayonne (N.J.) Medical Center charges the highest amounts in the nation for a quarter of the most common procedures. Article

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service has revised its guidance on discharge planning, offering hospitals in-depth guidelines to help promote better patient care outcomes and reduce readmissions. Article

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> An attempt to collect information on patients treated during the Boston bombings by the city's Public Health Commission--in an effort to prepare responses to future disasters--may be a HIPAA violation, HealthcareInfoSecurity reported. Article

And Finally... The medevaced turtle. Article