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.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals 80 percent of cardiovascular-related deaths each year are preventable.
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.
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.
Doctors working for the Veterans Affairs Department received bonuses despite having action taken against them for poor performance, a Government Accountability Office report says.
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.
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 (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.
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?
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.