ER visits for strokes and TIAs down 35%; Tennessee hospitals fight open-door meetings;

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> Emergency room visits for ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack patients 18 and older dropped 35 percent between 2001 and 2011, with patients between the ages of 55-74 experiencing the greatest decrease in ER visits, according to a new study from the National Center for Health Statistics. Study (pdf)

> Public hospitals in Tennessee oppose a bill that would require them to hold open meetings regarding salaries and incentives. Lawmakers drafted the bill in response to Erlanger Health System's closed-door meetings that led to $1.7 million in executive bonuses, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. Article

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> A landmark Supreme Court ruling Tuesday made it clear that private medical providers cannot sue individual states in an attempt to raise Medicaid reimbursement rates. Article

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> Despite opposition from its start five years ago, some fears related to the Affordable Care Act have failed to materialize. For example, the 16.4 million Americans who gained private health insurance over the past years did not flood physician office waiting rooms nearly to the extent anticipated. Article

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> The Western District of Michigan is seeing "unprecedented" levels of fraud recovery in the form of civil settlements, convictions, and decreased expenditures within the home health sector. Article

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