Our Healthcare Hot Topics of the Week

Life is hectic, we know, so here’s a recap of the Healthcare Weekly Hot Topics you can’t afford to miss:

1) CMS angers hospitals with proposal to recover overpayments. Modern Healthcare, April 19, 2016.

Hospitals are upset over a proposal to nearly double the expected payment reduction.

2) U.S. to Delay Release of New Hospital Ratings. The Wall Street Journal, April 20, 2016.

New hospital-quality ratings are not being published as planned due to questions regarding methodology from providers and Congress.

3) CDC to Investigate When Kids Should Start Playing Football. Time, April 19, 2016.

The Centers for Disease Control wants to evaluate the risks of youth football, given the potential long-term dangers of playing the sport.

4) An orthopaedic clinic pays $750,000 over HIPAA violation surrounding improper patient data sharing. Healthcare IT News, April 20, 2016.

Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic allegedly provided a potential business partner with patient information, without have a required business associate agreement in place.

5) How Medicare Penalizes Hospitals for Being Too Careful. The New York Times, April 20, 2016.

Medicare is reducing a year’s worth of payments to 758 hospitals with the highest rates of infections and avoidable complications.

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