FDA orders duondenscope manufacturers to conduct cleaning studies; NJ hospitals sue HHS over Medicare payment reductions;

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> Nurses who work at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in California plan a two-day strike beginning today in protest of what they describe as the county's failure to address serious patient care concerns, according to Indy Media. Article

> The Food and Drug Administration has ordered three duodenoscope manufacturers to study how well hospital staff follow instructions for disinfecting the scopes between uses. Announcement

> Nine New Jersey hospitals have filed suit against HHS Secretary Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell over claims that the federal agency unfairly reduced their Medicare payments for treating high numbers of low-income patients under the New Jersey Charity Care Program, according to Becker's Hospital Review. Article

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 > The current payment plans for accountable care organizations do not work and should be replaced with a global payment model adjusted for risk, two healthcare experts say in a Health Affairs blog post. Article

> Pay at hospitals and health systems--particularly those larger in size--are going up at a fairly brisk pace, according to the latest compensation survey from SullivanCotter & Associates. Article

And Finally…  Good for what ails you. Article

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