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Medicare pay increases proposed for rehab, psychiatric and skilled-nursing facilities |

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Medicare pay increases proposed for rehab, psychiatric and skilled-nursing facilities | 
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Inpatient rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric facilities and skilled-nursing facilities would all see increases in Medicare payment rates in fiscal 2015 under a trio of proposed rules.
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RAC appeals backlog continues to grow

RAC appeals backlog continues to grow | healthcare news | Scoop.it
Hospitals now appeal about half of all RAC payment denials, which cause long delays associated with the process, according to the latest survey from the American Hospital Association.
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Scheduled emergencies: Is lucrative practice emblematic of a bigger problem?

Scheduled emergencies: Is lucrative practice emblematic of a bigger problem? | healthcare news | Scoop.it
A Bloomberg News report describes what it calls a "heart surgery factory" at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. But the practice of scheduling emergency procedures in order to maximize reimbursement is widespread, according to Forbes.
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2014 Medical Cost Trend

2014 Medical Cost Trend | healthcare news | Scoop.it
This PwC Health Research Institute (HRI) report looks at the projected increase in the cost of medical services for 2014. Read how medical cost trends affect your business.
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Unfunded Liability For Retiree Health Care Grows - capradio.org

Unfunded Liability For Retiree Health Care Grows - capradio.org | healthcare news | Scoop.it
The present cost of health and dental benefits expected to be paid to future and current California retirees is growing. It’s now $64 billion.
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Money Pours Into Health-Care ETFs Spurred by New Drugs - Businessweek

Money Pours Into Health-Care ETFs Spurred by New Drugs - Businessweek | healthcare news | Scoop.it
Money is flooding into exchange-
traded funds focused on health care at the fastest rate in at
least six years, driven by booming biotechnology and
pharmaceutical sectors bringing new products to market.
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Healthcare Stocks Mostly Lower in Afternoon Trade; Cooper Cos. Climbs to New Record High Following Q1 Results

Healthcare Stocks Mostly Lower in Afternoon Trade; Cooper Cos. Climbs to New Record High Following Q1 Results | healthcare news | Scoop.it
Top Healthcare Stocks JNJ +0.31% PFE -0.40% ABT -0.40% MRK +0.35% AMGN -0.32% Healthcare stocks were moderately lower Friday, with the NYSE.
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GOP Senators Seek Clarification on Stage 2 Hardship Exemptions

GOP Senators Seek Clarification on Stage 2 Hardship Exemptions | healthcare news | Scoop.it
Republican Senators are asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for details on its new plan to grant hardship exemptions to health care providers who are struggling to comply with Stage 2 EHR meaningful use requirements.
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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of March 7, 2014 - iHealthBeat

Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of March 7, 2014 - iHealthBeat | healthcare news | Scoop.it
Greenway Medical Technologies has acquired PeopleLYNK, a developer of electronic health record-based patient engagement tools, for an undisclosed sum. Former CMS Administrator Mark McClellan has been appointed to the board of directors at ArborMetrix, a provider of clinical decision-support and analytics tools.
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Congress wants meaningful use to address health disparities | EHRintelligence.com

Congress wants meaningful use to address health disparities | EHRintelligence.com | healthcare news | Scoop.it
Members of Congress are pushing the leaders of the CMS and ONC to use the EHR Incentive Programs as a vehicle for eliminating health disparities moving forward.
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GAO finds significant EHR incentive program dropouts |
Vital Signs | The healthcare business blog from Modern Healthcare

GAO finds significant EHR incentive program dropouts | <br/>Vital Signs | The healthcare business blog from Modern Healthcare | healthcare news | Scoop.it
By one oft-reported measure, the federal government's electronic health record incentive payment programs have been an unmitigated success. That measure is the increase in the number of hospitals and physicians (and other professionals) that have received payments from the programs under Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare Advantage for installing and “meaningfully using” EHRs. The payments are designed to incentivize providers to buy and use, in a meaningful manner, EHR systems.
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How Hospitals Can Use LinkedIn | HealthWorks Collective

How Hospitals Can Use LinkedIn | HealthWorks Collective | healthcare news | Scoop.it
LinkedIn can be used as a valuable tool for hospitals.
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National value-based purchasing program needed to drive improvement

National value-based purchasing program needed to drive improvement | healthcare news | Scoop.it
The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) should create a standardized national strategy for value-based purchasing, similar to the existing National Quality Strategy, argues a new study conducted by the RAND Corporation for HHS.
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Hospitals can predict high-risk surgical patients, reduce readmissions

Hospitals can predict high-risk surgical patients, reduce readmissions | healthcare news | Scoop.it
Hospital physicians can predict which patients will experience post-surgical complications and, in turn, reduce unplanned readmissions, using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program predicted risk of major complications, a new study published in JAMA Surgery shows.
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Pain control tied to patient satisfaction

Pain control tied to patient satisfaction | healthcare news | Scoop.it
Postsurgical pain evaluations correlate with overall patient satisfaction scores during hospital stays, according to a new study presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine's 30th Annual Meeting.
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Health care sector is hottest on IPO circuit

Health care sector is hottest on IPO circuit | healthcare news | Scoop.it
The IPO market is springing back to life as the number of firms selling shares is up 68%.
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Calculating healthcare penalties, more love for the EITC

Calculating healthcare penalties, more love for the EITC | healthcare news | Scoop.it
Americans with existing healthcare plans will be able to keep those programs for another two years, the Obama administration says, while those without care face a penalty. And maybe a little good news: The average 2013 tax refund was 3 percent higher than the previous year.
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Obama Pitches Health Care Law To Latinos In Bid To Boost Enrollment

Obama Pitches Health Care Law To Latinos In Bid To Boost Enrollment | healthcare news | Scoop.it
President Obama held a Spanish-language town hall-style meeting on the law. Latino enrollment in the health insurance exchanges is seen as critical to its success, but there's been a rocky start.
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Health-Care Cost Hikes Stay Modest for Big Companies

Health-Care Cost Hikes Stay Modest for Big Companies | healthcare news | Scoop.it
The average company with 1,000-plus workers will pay just 2.4% more for health benefits in 2014, says Towers Watson and National Business Group on Health.
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Meaningful Uselessness?

Meaningful Uselessness? | healthcare news | Scoop.it
The ballyhooed incentive program has spurred widespread adoption of EHRs, but long-term prospects for meaningful use remain fuzzy.
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Are EHR’s at a ‘Tipping Point’?

Are EHR’s at a ‘Tipping Point’? | healthcare news | Scoop.it
“We have reached a tipping point in adoption of electronic health records.  More than half of eligible professionals and 80 percent of eligible hospitals have adopted these systems, which are critical to modernizing our health care system.” – Health and
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CMS reminding EPs of March 31 meaningful use deadline | EHRintelligence.com

CMS reminding EPs of March 31 meaningful use deadline | EHRintelligence.com | healthcare news | Scoop.it
CMS reminds eligible professionals (EPs) to attest to meaningful use in the EHR Incentive Program by March 31 for an incentive payment for participation in 2013.
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Jails Tapping EHRs, Health Data Exchange To Treat Inmates - iHealthBeat

Jails Tapping EHRs, Health Data Exchange To Treat Inmates - iHealthBeat | healthcare news | Scoop.it
Research published in Health Affairs finds that electronic health record systems increasingly are helping jails provide more comprehensive care to individuals in custody. According to the article, the meaningful use incentive program helped to facilitate EHR adoption at jails. FierceEMR.
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EHR, HIE, ICD-10, & health IT news (Mar. 3 to Mar. 7) | EHRintelligence.com

EHR, HIE, ICD-10, & health IT news (Mar. 3 to Mar. 7) | EHRintelligence.com | healthcare news | Scoop.it
EHR and health IT news from the week that was: Our editors highlight this week's top stories in EHR, HIE, ICD-10, meaningful use, and much more.
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