CMS rule defines "uninsured" for DSH payments; Indiana hospital to lay off 69;

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> A final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services establishes a specific definition of "uninsured" for the purposes of Disproportionate Share Hospitals' payment limits. Rule (.pdf)

> NPS MedicineWise and the Therapeutic Goods Administration will collaborate on an educational initiative to improve adverse event reporting, News-Medical reports. Article

> Indiana's Marion General Hospital will lay off 69 employees in February as part of an ongoing plan to outsource its surgical services, according to WANE. Article

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> The health of poorer Americans and their access to healthcare services may become a big driver of economic change on the state level, according to Stateline. Article

> The rising prevalence of diabetes in the United States is one of the major factors increasing the costs of healthcare services. Altogether, diagnosed cases of diabetes drives the spending of 10 percent of all healthcare dollars, representing about $245 billion a year in 2012, according to a new study in the journal Diabetes Care. Article

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