Great Recession didn't trigger higher hospital prices; Sequestration will be difficult for Meaningful Use program;

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> Financial losses from the Great Recession didn't cause nonprofit hospitals to increase prices, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper. However, the hospitals delayed health IT purchases and scaled back unprofitable services. Paper

> The owner of a private ambulance company has been convicted of fraudulently billing the Medicare program for more than $1.7 million, The Houston Chronicle reported. Article

> Federal regulators are giving themselves an extra four months to perform a random inspection of Dallas's Parkland Memorial Hospital to maintain the element of surprise, reported The Dallas Morning News. Article

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> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services shouldn't allow cuts to alter health IT safety efforts. Commentary

> National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari yesterday said sequestration will prove to be a painful blow to the Meaningful Use Medicare incentive program. Article

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