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State health workers granted online access to patient info during meningitis outbreak

State health department workers in Tennessee recently asked hospitals there to grant them access to online patient records after the start of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in Nashville caused the collection of paper records to become too onerous a task.

HIMSS: 5 reasons CMS should stay the course with ICD-10

Calling the transition to ICD-10 "foundational to healthcare transformation" in the U.S., officials from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society recently pressed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to remain committed to its Oct. 1, 2014 adoption date.

Medicare cuts likely to come March 1

On March 1, Medicare will reduce reimbursements by 2 percent, ending the two-month extension and temporarily relief providers got from the New Year deal.

WHO collaborative book brings attention to global health innovation

Three global entities--the World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Trade Organization--have released a book focused on the challenges of supporting innovative health technologies and ensuring they reach the people who need them.

Hospitals, lawmakers want to end Medicare 'manipulation'

Lawmakers are looking to reverse a health reform provision that led to a $250 million annual windfall for Massachusetts hospitals.

CIO Tina Buop makes the business case for predictive analytics

There are plenty of positives to predictive analytics, such as improved quality of care and efficiency. But failing to act upon predictive data could have significant negative consequences, says...

ACR warns Congress about imaging cuts

Paul Ellenbogen, M.D., chair of the of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors, sent a letter last week to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Finance Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, and House Energy and Commerce Committee, criticizing the use of diagnostic imaging cuts to defray costs of a delay in the Sustainable Growth Rate contained in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

Cutting Medicare's red tape is a win for radiology

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week proposed reforms of Medicare regulations it has identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on hospitals and healthcare providers--several of which will affect the radiology industry.

Catholic hospitals to pay overbilling settlements

Catholic Health Initiatives will pay the federal government $4.9 million to resolve allegations that one of its hospitals overbilled Medicare and Medicaid for unnecessary hospital admissions.

Beth Israel to pay $7M in gender bias settlement

Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will pay its former chief of anesthesia $7 million to settle gender discrimination allegations.