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Insurers scrutinized for Medicare plans

Medicare health plans are in the spotlight once again, but not in a good way. Federal officials aren't pleased with the plans, citing  dozens of federal audit reports that indicate the same kind of d eficiencies year after year, reports the  The New York Times.

Smaller military hospitals hurt patient outcomes

Many military hospitals are too small with too few patients to produce quality outcomes for patients, according to a  New York Times investigation.

Strategic hospital room design hastens patient recovery, minimizes staff errors

Patient room design may do more than boost patient satisfaction--it could actually reduce the amount of pain patients experience, lead to shorter hospital stays and decrease physician and staff errors.

Study: 'No evidence' that EHR adoption leads to upcoding

Hospitals do not use their electronic health records to upcode in order to obtain higher reimbursement from Medicare, according to a new study in  Health Affairs.

Hospital charges for common procedures rise sharply

Hospital charges for ailments that are fairly simple to treat rose dramatically in 2012 compared to 2011, according to a New York Times ' analysis of recently updated pricing data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

Hospital CEOs--not doctors--among medicine's top earners

The base pay of healthcare and insurance executives beat physician salaries by a long shot, according to an analysis performed for The New York Times by Compdata Surveys. And that's before taking nonsalary compensation into account.

ACA likely to lead to more healthcare spending

Although healthcare reform is designed to remove waste from the healthcare system, experts say it will lead to more spending now that millions of people are newly insured.

Do video cameras violate patient privacy?

Video cameras in hospitals can monitor at-risk patients and ensure doctors take proper safety and sanitary measures--but their use may compromise  patient privacy,  according to a  New York Times  opinion piece.

Cities, legislatures challenge tax breaks, status of nonprofit hospitals

Nonprofit hospitals across the country aren't giving back to their communities in a ratio that fairly matches their tax exemptions, which add up to more than $12 billion annually, the  New York Times  reported.

Medicaid paying docs way more for primary care, but tactic may not work

Despite an increase in payments to primary care doctors in order to widen participation in the nation's vastly expanded Medicaid program, many are not grabbing the bait, causing concerns of a physician shortage, the  New York Times   reported.