Providers ask CMS to reconsider hospice drug rule; Uninsured plunge at OHSU hospital;

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> A group of healthcare lobbies led by the American Medical Association asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reconsider a policy intended to eliminate duplicate payments for drugs for patients in hospice that they say puts an unfair burden on the terminally ill, Reuters reported. Article

> The number of uninsured seeking care at Oregon Health & Science University dropped by more 80 percent since the Affordable Care Act kicked in, according to its chief financial officer, the Portland Oregonian reported. Article

> Healthcare advocates in Vermont are concerned about new rules regarding Medicaid coverage for the disabled, saying they could disqualify hundreds of needy cases, the Associated Press reported. Article

Provider News

> The Governance Institute released a new multimedia case study analyzing the leadership decisions that Chris Van Gorder made during his 14 years as president and CEO of Scripps Health in San Diego--and how they helped save the struggling system. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Greenville Health System in South Carolina used data analytics and electronic monitoring to improve hand-hygiene compliance among staff members, HealthITAnalytics reports. Article

And Finally...Kitty train. Article