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Prime backs out of acquisition due to 'unprecedented' conditions

Citing what it says are burdensome conditions set by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Prime Healthcare has pulled out of a deal to buy six struggling Catholic hospitals, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

OIG to audit Medicaid MU incentive payments made to Pennsylvania hospitals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General has begun an audit of the Medicaid Meaningful Use incentive payments made by the state of Pennsylvania to hospitals, according to the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania.

HIT stakeholders: Technology critical to 'Next Generation' ACO models

Technology will play an integral role in deployment of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' "Next Generation Accountable Care Organization" model announced Tuesday, several health IT stakeholder organizations say.

NIH and FDA: Less red tape, more research investment will drive medical innovation

In a U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing Tuesday, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins and outgoing Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg each outlined how Congress could help their agencies speed up medical innovation.

Lack of standard data model poses hindrance to PCORI 'network of networks'

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is operating in accordance with requirements of the Affordable Care Act, but the lack of a standard data model poses a hindrance to plans to develop a "network of networks" to further comparative effectiveness research, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Notre Dame's contraception challenge gets a second chance

The U.S. Supreme Court has breathed new life into Notre Dame's challenge to the Affordable Care Act's contraception provision after it ordered a lower court to reexamine its decision that the university was not temporarily exempt from providing contraception coverage.

Bill aims to make Medicare claims data more transparent

Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) have reintroduced their bill that would provide greater transparency to Medicare claims data so that the qualified entities who have access to that data can share it with payers, providers and research institutions.

Lessons from Ebola: EHR design can impact medical malpractice litigation

The use and design of a provider's electronic health record can have an impact on medical malpractice litigation, as shown by the recent misdiagnosis of the first Ebola patient in the United States, according to Sharon McQuown, R.N., MSN, LNCC, with the Law Office of Frank L Branson in Dallas, Texas.

CBO lowers projection for ACA implementation cost again

The Congressional Budget Office has lowered its projection for the cost of implementing the Affordable Care Act yet again.

Keckley: Hospital report cards will evolve with healthcare consolidation

Despite recent questions about the reliability of major hospital ranking systems, the report cards remain relevant in the wake of healthcare industry changes, argues policy expert Paul Keckley.