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Apr 24, 2018

(Updated at 9 p.m. ET)

The CMS has proposed an overhaul of the meaningful use program and wants hospitals to disclose their prices to patients.

The changes were outlined in the proposed annual inpatient hospital rule. Overall, the CMS estimates the rule's various provisions will give hospitals $4.1 billion more in Medicare...

Apr 24, 2018

A House Republican on Tuesday unveiled a proposal that would require hospitals participating in the 340B drug discount program to disclose how much care they provide to low-income patients. But healthcare stakeholders warn the bill could place unfair reporting burdens on providers in medically vulnerable communities.

Rep. Earl "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) said the 340B Optimization Act...

Apr 24, 2018

The CMS is reviewing Norton Healthcare's safety protocols after an employee in its behavioral health unit used excessive force on patients.

A report released to Modern Healthcare by the CMS Monday detailed incidents of violence by a mental health worker at the Louisville, Ky.-based health system against two patients. In one instance, the employee tackled a patient who took an ink pen from another staff member, using his full body weight to pin the patient on a bed until they dropped...

Apr 24, 2018

In an ominous sign for patient safety, 71% of reusable medical scopes deemed ready for use on patients tested positive for bacteria at three major U.S. hospitals, according to a new study.

The paper, published recently in the American Journal of Infection Control, underscores the infection risk posed by a commonly used endoscopes. It signals a lack of progress by manufacturers, hospitals and regulators in reducing contamination despite numerous reports of superbug outbreaks and...

Apr 24, 2018

The Senate took a bipartisan step Tuesday toward helping states fight the opioid epidemic even as several Democratic senators said the proposed legislation wasn't strong enough.

The Senate health committee unanimously passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which would reauthorize grant funding to the states for an additional three years and prioritize giving the money to states and Indian tribes facing the highest rates of overdose deaths.

It also would authorize a new...

Apr 24, 2018
White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson's nomination to be VA secretary is in trouble due to new allegations regarding his conduct, but the Trump administration is standing by the doctor as the Senate delays the confirmation hearing originally slated for Wednesday.

Members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee haven't revealed any specific allegations against Jackson, but did say they have received new information. They have asked the Defense Department and White House for details on...

Apr 24, 2018

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Apr 23, 2018

The majority of urban hospitals don't perform well on patient safety measures, according to the latest Hospital Safety Grade report released Tuesday by the Leapfrog Group.

Of the 11 hospitals in New York City included in the report, only one — NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan — received an "A" grade from the Leapfrog Group in its spring 2018 report. Additionally, just three of Los Angeles' 12 hospitals got an "A" while only six of Chicago's 18 hospitals did.

Even though...

Apr 23, 2018

Adventist Health and St. Joseph Health plan to integrate their Northern California clinical operations through a new joint operating company, the organizations announced Monday.

The partnership would align the two not-for-profits' facilities in Humbolt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake, Napa and Solano counties. The affiliation applies to assets and services associated with Adventist Health Howard Memorial, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, Adventist Health Clear Lake, Adventist Health St. Helena...

Apr 23, 2018

Several health insurance and hospital associations urged HHS to spike the proposed rule to expand access to short-term, limited-duration health insurance, warning it would lead to higher premiums for Affordable Care Act-compliant plans and more uncompensated care delivered at hospitals.

Meanwhile, stakeholders in the short-term insurance market encouraged the HHS to finalize the proposed rule allowing the sale of short-term plans for up to 12 months, saying the extension would lead...