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AHA pushes for fewer regulatory tools in blocking mergers

The American Hospital Association has thrown its support behind federal legislation intended to streamline how the two federal agencies involved in reviewing mergers go about the process

Federal advisers outline 'least-regret' approach for query recommendations

The Nationwide Health Information Network Power Team--a subgroup of the federal Health IT Standards Committee that advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT--on Wednesday outlined a "least regret" approach to query recommendations for the 2017 electronic health record technology certification edition.

Kaiser, Group Health Incorporated pay multi-million dollar penalties

Certain top-name insurers are in the spotlight for having to pay some hefty penalties.

Physician "culture of perfection" keeps medical errors high

Reducing medical errors means rethinking a culture that encourages doctors to conceal them, argues a doctor at Bellevue Hospital Center at New York University, according to MedCityNews.

CMS updates short-term hospital claims settlement details

In an effort to reduce the amount of pending inpatient status claims appeals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated its offer of an administrative agreement to hospitals willing to wit hdraw their pending appeals  in exchange for a partial payment of 68 percent of the net allowable amount, CMS annou nced  Tuesday.

Implementation of Web portal delays HIPAA audits

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has delayed its second round of HIPAA audits while it works to get a web portal up and running through which entities can submit information.

ONC does not adopt 2015 'voluntary' EHR certification criteria

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has issued a new final rule that makes the 2014 edition of certification criteria more flexible and folds in some of the criteria that had been proposed in its 2015 voluntary edition of electronic health record certification criteria, which the agency has opted to abandon.

HealthFair CEO: Bring on scrutiny of mobile health screenings

The CEO of HealthFair, which offers mobile heart screenings in partnership with Cincinnati Mercy Health hospitals, says he welcomes a review of advertisements that consumer advocates call unethical, according to the  Cincinnati Business Courier.

CDC, HHS create hospital Ebola checklist in wake of global crisis

As the Ebola virus outbreak spirals out of control into a world-wide crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response this week released a checklist for hospitals to help clinicians manage patients carrying the virus.

Direct-pay practice: Ensure patients know financial risks

Although  direct-p ay  primary care is now more affordable to the masses, many patients remain at financial risk should they need specialty or hospital care not covered by practice membership fees, according to an  articl e  from  KHI News Service.