PCORI names winner of Patient-Researcher challenge; patient-friendly billing at Meritus Health System

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> It's more than fear of lawsuits and financial incentives that drive doctors to myocardial overtesting, a study in JAMA finds. Study

> The patient-centered outcomes research insititute--PCORI--has named the winners of Patient-Researcher "Matching" Challenge. The winner gets $40,000 to use toward their project. Announcement

Health Finance News

> An efficient business office and positive patient experiences are not mutually exclusive. To hear how organizations can ensure patient-friendly billing, FierceHealthFinance talked to George Semko, vice president of Revenue Cycle at Meritus Health System in Maryland about how its improving experience by preventing billing problems. Interview

> Although hospitals are cutting jobs and compensation, pay for chief executive officers continues to rise. According to the Boston Business Journal, a majority of Massachusetts' hospital systems reported a decline in expenses for compensation and benefits expenses. In northern San Diego County, Palomar Health is cutting 84 jobs, while Tri-City Medical Center is eliminating another 67 positions, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Article

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> Using a "gentle" electronic health record flu prompt not only increased the number of flu vaccinations children received, but also improved the documentation explaining why the vaccine was not administered, according to a study reported in Family Practice News. Article

And Finally... A nap at work? That'll cost ya. Article

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