NH hospital fights network exclusion; Look to the operating room to reduce costs and improve care;

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> Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.H., is fighting Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's decision to exclude the hospital and 80 of its physicians from its new provider network for those purchasing individual health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the Associated Press reported. Article

> The operating room can be an ideal place to reduce costs and improve quality of care, a Chicago-area anesthesiologist/intensivist writes in a column for Hospitals & Health Networks Daily. Column 

> John Reynolds, former president of the Hospital for Special Surgery, was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to taking $300,000 in kickbacks, Crain's New York Business reports. Article

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has quietly extended a grace period regarding audits and reviews of payments related to hospital stays shorter than the "two-midnight" threshold it established earlier this year. Article

> The war against Medicaid fraud continues but prosecutors in several states are experiencing mixed success. Article

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