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Pushing Against the Pillars of Power: AHA Makes Its Case to CMS

An ancient account tells of a single man who was pitted against an entire community, including its rulers and a throng of thousands. But when push came to shove, it was the solitary underdog who prevailed. How did he accomplish such a feat? He undermined the pillars on which the entire edifice was built. Pushing […]

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A Mixed Bag: New Study Highlights Hospital Health

Perfection is a nearly impossible standard, a practically unreachable goal. No one earned a perfect score in the modern Olympics era until Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci came along in 1976 with her peerless performance on the uneven bars—10.0. In medical terms, a “clean bill of health” may be given out fairly routinely, but that doesn’t […]

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The End of Merger Mania? Congress Eyes Response to Mergers and Acquisitions

Members of the Budget Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives met last week to discuss the topic of mergers and acquisitions within the healthcare space. The meeting was prompted by a growing concern on the part of many that such business practices are having a deleterious effect on cost, quality of care and patient […]

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A Little Help from My Friends: HHS Injects Money into the Cyberwar

We humans like to be moved, and music has the unique ability to touch our souls and affect our emotions like few other mediums. It can even have a physical effect on the ones imparting the music. Who can forget the supercharged performance of the inimitable Joe Cocker, with his flailing arms and gut-busting vocals, […]

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Round Two: Another Cyberattack on the Healthcare Sector

When the movie Jaws premiered in June of 1975, it caused a sea-change (pun intended) in the way people thought about beach-going. Before the 25-foot great white monster chewed its way into the American consciousness, vacationers were cavalier and nonplussed about hitting the waves and swimming off the shores of Miami, Galveston or Santa Monica. But once […]

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D.C. Deletes Non-Competes: FTC Issues Landmark Ruling

Many of us have been there.  We seek and land a great job, but there’s just one catch.  To lock up the position, we must first sign away our future right to seek employment in the same industry, up to a certain period of time (two years is standard), should we ultimately part ways with […]

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2025 IPPS Proposed Rule: Additional Reporting Programs

Over the last two weeks, we have presented our readers a summary of provisions found in the FY 2025 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule. Last week, we introduced some of the quality programs. Today’s article takes a look at additional reporting programs that hospital administrators will need to consider. Hospital Readmissions Reduction […]

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2025 IPPS Proposed Rule: Quality Programs for Hospitals

Last week, we brought you a summation of the key provisions in the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule for fiscal year (FY) 2025. Today’s article will focus on the quality programs that concern the inpatient setting. Hospitals that do not submit quality data or do not meet all Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting […]

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2025 IPPS Proposed Rule: Highlights for Hospitals

On April 10, 2024, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the fiscal year (FY) 2025 Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule. While these provisions are not final, they do give current insight into the agency’s thinking in terms of a host of issues concerning the inpatient hospital setting, including […]

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