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Obamacare hangs in the balance
For the third time in five years, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering provisions of the Affordable Care Act and could render a decision this summer that shakes up the healthcare system. On March 4, the justices heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell. The key question is does the...[MORE]
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Article 2054 ICD-10: Providers are ready, or maybe not
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says its recent testing demonstrates CMS systems will be ready to accept ICD-10 claims when the change is implemented October 1. Others are not so sure. CMS says its testing showed an acceptance rate of 81%, better than the 76% rate posted late last ...[MORE]
Article 2053 Hospital ratings don’t make sense
A hospital rated highly by one group may fare poorly on another ranking, reflecting the lack of agreement on what constitutes high clinical performance, according to a recent study in Health Affairs. Researchers looked at hospital ratings by U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades, ...[MORE]
Article 2052 What state-of-the-art looks like
A billion-dollar new hospital is a marvel to behold and, indeed, includes features many of us don’t realize could be features even in a modern hospital. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas recently unveiled its new facility and, although its price tag is only $800 million, it ...[MORE]
Article 2051 Massive data breach at Anthem
Anthem, the country’s second-biggest health insurer, reported in early February cyber attackers have stolen the personal information of about 80 million of its customers and employees. It is the largest data breach ever disclosed by a healthcare company. The company said information accessed ...[MORE]
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