Regulatory & Risk Management

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OIG claims NJ hospital overbilled Medicaid by $19M

New Jersey overbilled the Medicaid program by as much as $22 million in 2007, and the hospital responsible for the bulk of overpayments is trying to quickly distance itself from the issue, according to

Failure to meet new dose reduction standards could jeopardize Medicare dollars

A provision of the sustainable growth rate patch legislation will penalize radiology professionals using CT equipment that doesn't comply with new dose management standards.

DOD eyes Tricare incentives

The Department of Defense has been trying to get Congress to increase healthcare premiums for military retirees. After little success, the DOD now hopes to create the right incentives for beneficiaries to achieve savings, reports Federal News Radio.

Proposed House resolution would slash $2.9 trillion in healthcare spending

The House Budget Committee voted this week to approve a budget resolution that would reduce government spending by over $5 trillion over a decade, according to AHA News.

Fort Hood shooting, Boston bombing anniversary spark emergency prep actions

In the aftermath of incidents like this week's Ft. Hood shooting and last year's Boston Marathon bombing, hospitals around the country have stepped up preparation for mass casualty and emergency scenarios.

Beth Israel Deaconess lowers readmissions with post-discharge program

Faced with an above-average readmission rate, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston is reducing readmissions with a post-discharge program focused on elderly patients, according to Kaiser Health News.

Exchange enrollment: Tips from state marketplaces

As state officials work to improve the process for next year's open enrollment period, Connect for Health Chief Operating Officer Lindy Hinman highlighted some of the state-based exchange's best practices for enrolling consumers, USA Today reported.

FDA, ONC officials reiterate focus of health IT framework

Details and official dates are still mum, and plenty of questions remain, but federal employees gave some detail on the long-awaited new report that creates a risk-based regulatory framework for health IT in a conference call with reporters on Thursday.

GAO report: CMS, VA need better breach response

Federal agencies--including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services--continue to struggle with information security and need to improve their response to data breaches, the Government Accountability Office says in a new report.

CMS releases PQRS, eRx progress report

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a new report on two of its pay-for-reporting incentive programs for eligible professionals (EPs): the Physician Quality Reporting System...