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Hospitals sue Highmark over Medicare Advantage payments

A group of Pennsylvanian hospitals filed a lawsuit against Highmark Monday, reports the  Pittsburgh Business Times

Reporter's Notebook: Boston healthcare forum tackles Affordable Care Act, product innovation

The Economist's  Health Care Forum 2014 conference in Boston brought together healthcare leaders to discuss hot button topics, such as price transparency and the future of healthcare. And though they didn't resolve the big issues, some of the topics--such as whether the Affordable Care Act is a success or a failure--generated lively debate.

Meaningful Use perfection requirement a very high bar

I can't help but feel sorry for Drew Memorial Hospital, which failed a Medicare Meaningful Use audit and is being asked by CMS to return its incentive payment for that year in the amount of $904,000.

GAO report: CMS financial records don't line up

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services lacks a sound financial management system,  according to a new report issued by the Government Accountability Office.

Juggling act: Balance short- and long-term goals to see tangible results

It's officially fall. And if we didn't feel so already, the earlier and earlier sunset reminds us that there are hardly enough hours in a day to accomplish everything on our lists.  For me, with work and home life all jumbled under one roof, some days I need to put all of my energy into achieving the bare minimum (i.e., meeting the day's deadlines and keeping the kids in one piece). 

EHRs too inauthentic to be relied on in court

Electronic health records are too variable to be reliable or authentic and should be tested before being used in evidentiary proceedings, according to an article in the  Ava Maria Law Review,  a publication of the Naples-Florida-based Ava Maria School of Law.

Hospitals combat violence against workers

Angry patients and violence against healthcare workers plague hospitals across the country, as organizations try to defuse tension in a high-stakes environment.

The future of the health insurance industry

The future of the health insurance industry is, in many ways, a mystery. Insurers won't cease to exist, but they'll likely be providing health insurance in a different way than they do now,  wri tes  Wendell Potter, a senior analyst at The Center for Public Integrity.

Fridsma to leave ONC for AMIA

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will lose its third official since July when current Office of the Chief Scientist head Doug Fridsma steps down at the end of October.

CMS glitch may cause docs to be hit by MU penalties

Some physicians may be hit with the Meaningful Use penalty next year, even if they meet the program's requirements and can attest on time, due to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services computer problem that won't allow doctors to prove compliance by the Oct. 1 deadline, according to an article in  PoliticoPro.