The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, piggybacking on its announcement Thursday finalizing Oct. 1, 2015, as the new ICD-10 deadline, have outlined a "comprehensive four-pronged approach" to helping providers prepare for the transition.
Add hospitalists to the growing list of medical professionals who are c oncerned about the federal government requirements for short inpatient stays.
As providers in the United States focus on patient-centered healthcare, the importance of patient safety increases. Some threats to patient safety are obvious, such as preventable medical errors, hospital-acquired infections and hospital violence. But these more obvious examples are far from the only obstacles to a safe patient population. To improve outcomes, healthcare leaders must consider other, less expected threats. FierceHealthcare breaks down four of these patient safety hazards
After months of speculation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as expected, finalized Oct. 1, 2015, as the new compliance date for providers and payers to transition to ICD-10.
Telemedicine, much to the delight of some health industry observers, is a prominent part of legislation announced this week allocating $17 million to overhaul the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
About 4.6 million people in 34 states could lose their premium subsidies if an appeals court ruling in Halbig v. Burwell, which states that subsidies are illegal on federal exchanges, stands. What's more, there are roughly 9.5 million uninsured Americans who are eligible for subsidies in states with federal marketplaces, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
An audit released this week by the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system uncovered even more cases of fraud, data manipulation and staff intimidation to cover up extreme delays in care.
The drive toward accountable care that rewards doctors based on quality has the nation's small practices--and even some of the larger ones--courting hospital and health system buyers. FierceHealthcare examines the quesitons physician practices need to consider to help them decide whether joining a health system or hospital is right for them.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging Wednesday heard testimony from healthcare leaders on the effects of Medicare observation status on seniors.
I hope I'm not the only person who finds the results of a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association on patient perceptions of electronic health record users troubling.