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OIG approves of discharge planning program that uses 'limited' EHRs

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Inspector General has approved of a proposed arrangement between a technology vendor and hospitals that would use a "limited electronic health record" to improve patients' compliance with their discharge plans, and hopefully reduce excessive hospitals readmissions.

CDC: Most heart-related deaths are avoidable

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals 80 percent of cardiovascular-related deaths each year are preventable.

Hospitals settle false claims, lunch money lawsuits

Wahiawa (Hawaii) General Hospital will pay $451,428 to settle two False Claims Act lawsuits, while three New York hospitals will to pay $4.5M to settle worker meal disputes.

Healthcare reform expert: Next phase will be rockier than the first

Although the country is still struggling with the challenges of the first phase of healthcare reform, health economist and policy expert Paul Keckley predicts the next phase will be even more difficult as the market demands accelerated changes that involve paying for neccessary care and forcing pricing transparency into every facet of health system operations.

VA doctors received bonuses despite poor performance, GAO says

Doctors working for the Veterans Affairs Department received bonuses despite having action taken against them for poor performance, a Government Accountability Office report says. 

Physician groups win fight against NP independence in CA

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia currently allow nurse practitioners (NP) to work autonomously, but a bill to add California to the list has failed in the Legislature amid intense lobbying against it by the California Medical Association (CMA) and other powerful physician groups, the  Los Angeles Times  reported.

Emory University to pay $1.5M for overbilling Medicare, Medicaid

Atlanta's Emory University has agreed to pay $1.5 million for overbilling Medicare and Medicaid in a violation of the False Claims Act, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Hospital-acquired infections rack up $9.8B a year

Hospital-acquired infections (HAI) cost $9.8 billion per year, with surgical site infections alone accounting for one-third of those costs, according to research published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Inappropriate imaging: How research helps to combat the threat

Research published within the last week illustrates that there clearly is a ways to go to ensure that the problem of inappropriate imaging is being adequately addressed.... So what should be done?

False claims allegations cost MRI vendor, ex-owners, $3.6 million

A New York-based diagnostic testing company--Imagimed, LLC--its former owners, and the company's former chief radiologist, have agreed to pay $3.57 million to resolve allegations it submitted false federal healthcare program claims for MRI services.