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Proposed HOPPS rule calls for colonoscopy complication reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed adding a claims-based quality reporting measure for colonoscopy to the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (QPR) program.

DeSalvo: Big data, privacy will help ONC pivot focus

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, at a meeting with reporters in the District of Columbia, talked about the shifting of priorities at ONC as grant funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dries up.

Acting VA Secretary: System fix will cost $17B

It will cost the country $17.6 billion over the next three years to hire enough doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners and build outpatient clinics to  fix the wides pread problems that led to the Veterans Affairs secret waitlist scandal, Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan D. Gibson  t old  the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs' Committee on Wednesday.

Physician practice acquisitions: 4 hospital considerations

How should hospitals go about deciding whether to acquire a practice? How do they know which practices will be a good fit? And what are the risks versus the potential rewards?

OIG to target insurance exchange risk areas

Federal health officials yesterday testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health about healthcare reform eligibility issues.

Health data aggregation poses privacy concerns

Aggregation of consumer health data holds the potential to improve healthcare, but raises issues about patient privacy, according a California HealthCare Foundation report.

Emergency room docs struggle with two-midnight rule, observation status

As  hospitals across the nation face the complications i nvolved with the two-midnight rule, emergency physicians may experience the most conflicts as they strive to balance patient needs with the federal government requirements for short inpatient stays.

ICD-10 delay: How docs can capitalize

Healthcare providers--and practice managers, in particular--would be wise to take advantage of the most recent ICD-10 delay, not by shifting their focus to other projects, but instead shoring up potential areas of weakness, according to family physician Stephen Spain.

Why 'systems engineering' is crucial to healthcare delivery transformation

A report published in May by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology calls on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to transform healthcare nationally by engineering a "robust" health information infrastructure. Following up on that report, researchers from the National Quality Forum in the District of Columbia who helped pen the document have outlined and dissected the report's recommendations.

NP autonomy expands in Kentucky

Nurse practitioners (NPs) in Kentucky can prescribe routine medications without a doctor's involvement starting this week--if they completed a four-year collaboration with a doctor,  Kaiser Health News  reported.