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CMS offers to settle disputed short-term hospital claims

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will end the long wrangling with hospitals over short-term inpatient stays.

CMS publishes final rule for Meaningful Use flexibility

Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive program will be extended through 2016 for certain providers and Stage 3 will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful users of electronic health records in 2011 or 2012 based on a final rule announced today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

CMS to withhold even more data from Open Payment database

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will likely withhold more data upon the public launch of the Open Payments database, which aims to disclose potential conflicts of interest among doctors.

Insurers and hospitals clash over out-of-pocket expenses

Insurers have a bone to pick with certain New Jersey hospitals. Bayonne Medical Center, in particular, is reaping the benefits from the state's regulation that restricts balance billing,  reports  Healthcare Dive.

Insurers brace for ACA audits

Regulators will soon conduct audits to determine whether payers comply with the Affordable Care Act, according to an article in  LifeHealthPro. 

California mulls ending some Medicaid estate recoupments

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) could make California one of the first states in the nation that would preemptively block collections from the estates of deceased patients who receive ordinary Medicaid benefits, Kaiser Health News reported

3 ways hospitals can address healthcare disparities among diverse patient populations

As hospitals around the country try to resolve healthcar e disparities, especially among minority populations,  Massachusetts General Hospital  implemented a series of initiatives to educate providers and staff about communicating with and caring for diverse patient populations, according to an  art icle  in  Hospitals & Health Networks.

ONC advisers pinpoint HIE problems

The governance subgroup of the federal government's Health IT Policy Committee this week pinpointed problems in the health information exchange ecosystem based on several factors, including severity and commonness, the impact on private and secure exchange and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's ability to solve such problems.

Cleveland hospital dropped HAI rates with hand-washing campaign

MetroHealth Medical Center  in Cleveland, Ohio reduced  hospital-acquired infecti ons (HAIs) and raised  ha nd-washing  compliance to 97.6 percent across various clinical units,  The Plain Dealer   rep orted.

5 steps for hospitals considering affiliation

Affiliation is not something providers should rush into, according to Becker's Hospital Review. Here are five steps boards must consider before signing a deal.