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MGMA: Practices forced to allocate more staff resources to regulatory burdens

As the regulatory and administrative burden on physician practices increases, so too has the expense of paying employees needed to perform this work. 

Federal judge rules against ACA subsidies

A federal judge in Oklahoma today ruled that Affordable Care Act federal subsidies cannot be issued to residents living in states that do not run their own exchanges.

4 signs the ACA is working

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of HealthCare.gov's launch, and the debate regarding the healthcare reform law's popularity and effectiveness continues. An article in the New Republic said despite the controversy, it's important to look at the end result. It outlines four ways that prove the Affordable Care Act is working. 

NJ Supreme Court: Hospitals can keep internal error reviews confidential

Hospitals' internal review reports written after adverse events can remain confidential, according to a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling on Monday. 

4 ways to prevent patient "leakage"

Healthcare providers can take several steps to reduce patient "leakage," the industry term for primary care physicians who refer patients to out-of-system providers, rather than to those in their network, resulting in significant business losses, according to a blog post from Simon Associates' Kriss Barlow.

In this era of obstruction, RACs do not stand a chance

A century and a half ago, Walt Whitman published a poem about the music carpenters, masons and other workers made as they went about their day. Americans make few products by hand now, so masonry...

Choosing Wisely for radiology: More than a conversation starter

When the Choosing Wisely campaign was launched in 2012, the stated goal of the initiative was to "spark conversation" about the necessity of certain frequently ordered tests and treatments. Currently, we are seeing evidence that Choosing Wisely recommendations--many of which are related to radiology and medical imaging--are, indeed, having an impact.

AHA wants contractors to cough up money in short-stay settlement offer

The protracted war between hospitals and recovery audit contractors over how  to handle short-stay payment appeals took a new turn as the American Hospital Association demanded a new concession in a recent settlement offer over RAC clawbacks..

Texas Health Resources' Ronald Mehring: Teamwork crucial to tackling HIPAA audits

With HIPAA audits looming from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, provider organizations are working tirelessly to ensure that when the federal government comes knocking, they won't be caught off guard. For Ronald Mehring, chief information security officer at Dallas-based Texas Health Resources, one of the most important aspects to preparation is teamwork.

Hospital security planning will play part in containing Ebola virus

Hospital security policies and personnel can play a huge role in preventing the spread of the Ebola epidemic that is raging on in West Africa, according to an article at  SecurityInfoWatch.com.