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CMS proposes new fire safety regs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week released new proposed fire safety standards for hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

More states turn to ACOs to hold down Medicaid costs

Colorado was one of the first states to launch an accountable care-like model in 2011 to rein in Medicaid costs while improving quality of care. But other states are now following the Centennial State's lead. States across the country are either joining Medicaid ACO demonstration projects, in the middle of a pilot program or looking to start one,  MedPage Today  reported.

AHA, hospital groups sue over two-midnight rule

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and several individual healthcare delivery systems and hospital groups have filed two lawsuits challenging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' two-midnight rule and associated Medicare payment cuts, Health Data Management reports.

Five ways CMS screwed up last week's release of Medicare payment doc data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) last week missed the mark when it released the 2012 Medicare data on how much it paid doctors for their services. CMS' nearly lazy indifference in...

Sebelius decided to leave post after 2012 election

Departing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged Sunday in a televised interview that the timeline for rolling out HealthCare.gov was wrong and the technical glitches that plagued the website were the lowest point of her five-year tenure.

HIPAA audits to be narrower with fewer site visits

When the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office for Civil Rights resumes HIPAA audits this fall, its own staff will conduct what it's calling "desk audits" of a narrower focus and comprehensive on-site audits "as resources allow."

Payer CIOs: Capitalize on regulatory change

Health insurers are worried about keeping up with regulatory changes and maintaining compliance. But these challenges present significant opportunities for insurers' CIOs to improve operations with open architecture and real-time views, Healthcare Payer News reported.

Health policy and the value of imaging research

A look at three articles published in this week's issue of  FierceMedicalImaging  demonstrates the need for--and the value of--radiology and medical imaging research.

NH judge rules state's bed tax unconstitutional

A judge in New Hampshire has ruled the state hospital tax, which it uses to raise matching federal funds for the Medicaid program, is unconstitutional, the  New Hampshire Union Leader  reported.

Proton therapy's future: Uncertainty lingers

The high cost of building and equipping a proton beam therapy facility--and whether the benefits in terms of patient outcomes is worth those costs--means the future of proton therapy remains uncertain.