Prime exec defends itself in hearing; Cardiologists unhappy with SGR uncertainty;

> The day after the CEO abruptly resigned, California-based Prime Healthcare Services appeared before lawmakers on Friday over upcoding allegations, the Los Angeles Times reported. Michael Sarrao, vice president and general counsel at Prime Healthcare, defended the company's practices and said that unions were trying to build political pressure against it. Article

> Like many other provider groups, the American College of Cardiology thinks the temporary doc fix is a "growing nightmare," as association CEO Jack Lewin called it in a Medpage Today article. Many cardiologists have delayed investing in personnel and technology because of the uncertainty of reimbursement. Article

> HCA's TriStar on Friday announced it is affiliating with MinuteClinic, under CVS Caremark, Nashville Business Journal reported. TriStar physicians will serve as medical directors for the 14 locations in Tennessee. Article

> Medication reconciliation errors are common at the time of admission and discharge, according to a Journal of General Internal Medicine study. The study suggests using a recent medication list in the electronic medical record to protect against errors. Study abstract

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