Vermont hospital gets $200K in overpayments; Novant Health plans layoffs;

> Burlington, Vt.-based Fletcher Allen Health Care incorrectly billed for evaluation and management services relating to eye injection procedures as a result of deficient billing system controls, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, resulting in physician overpayments that exceeded $200,000. Report

> A Senate hearing will determine whether healthcare executives at Minnesota-based Fairview Health Services broke any federal laws while practicing patient debt collection, reported the Star Tribune. They are accused of using overly aggressive methods of collecting payments. Article

> Novant Health in Winston-Salem, N.C., plans to lay off 289 employees, reported The Charlotte Observer. These cuts will affect management, nursing and care-delivery staff but should not negatively impact nurse-to-patient ratio. Article

> Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare will merge with Backus Corp, reported The Hartford Courant. This partnership agreement should help provide better healthcare access throughout the state. Article

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