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Four words at heart of King v. Burwell a drafting error

The four words that prompted the Supreme Court to hear   King v. Burwell  may have made it into the final text of the law because of a drafting error.

Reproductive apps lack review, professional validation assessment

When it comes to female reproductive health tracking apps few have been developed, assessed or come recommended by health experts, according to research recently published in the journal  Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Doctors often blow whistle on financial improprieties

Most physicians make pretty good livings compared to most other Americans, but they can really strike it rich playing another role in healthcare: That of whistleblower,  JD Supra  has reported.

HL7's Reed Gelzer: EHR malpractice problem at 'critical mass'

As electronic health records become more common, they are increasingly the medical records relied on in medical malpractice litigation--often to the detriment of the provider, not only causing or contributing to the malpractice but also in not supporting provider's defense. 

HHS Office for Civil Rights sends preliminary surveys for Phase 2 of HIPAA audit program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has sent pre-audit screening surveys to covered entities that could be selected to participate in Phase 2 of the HIPAA audit program, OCR has confirmed.

Karen Ignagni's AHIP resignation comes at critical time for healthcare reform

The  departure of America's Health Insurance Plans President and CEO Karen Ignagni for the same role at New York nonprofit insurer EmblemHealth comes at a critical time for the health insurance industry.

Hospitals can face millions in RAC administrative costs

The Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor program has created a major financial and administrative burden for hospitals, according to a new report from the American Hospital Association.

HIT Standards Committee reorganization met with opposition

The Office of the National Coordinator plans to replace the Health IT Standards Committee's standing workgroup structure with targeted, time-limited task forces at the end of June. It's a move that doesn't sit well with some committee members.

Senate hears providers' concerns about observation status crisis

In a hearing this week, a hospital sector representative told the U.S. Senate's Special Committee on Aging that the observation status problem has left healthcare providers in the "untenable position" of trying to meet patient needs while complying with Medicare payment policies.

As more people gain coverage, safety-net hospitals still struggle

Even as the number of insured Americans increases post-Affordable Care Act, the benefits aren't trickling down to disproportionate share hospitals, which will feel the brunt of ACA-mandated cuts in the next few years, according to U.S. News & World Report.