Category Archive: Modern Healthcare

Three Boston hospitals fined nearly $1 million for HIPAA violations from TV filming

Three major Boston hospitals’ invited ABC film crews to film a documentary series, but the shoots violated patient privacy laws, HHS said.

Senate opioid bill misses the mark, experts say

Addiction medicine experts have raised concerns that the Senate opioid bill passed this week is another missed opportunity to make the most impact toward combating the crisis.

Private accreditors OK troubled Calif. surgery centers

A decade ago, California stopped licensing surgery centers and then gave approval power to private accreditors that are commonly paid by the same centers they inspect. That system of oversight has created a troubling legacy of laxity, an…

House Democrats press HHS for Medicaid work requirement records

Two top Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight want to subpoena the Trump administration’s documents around its Medicaid work requirement policy. Health officials haven’t responded to their previous requests for information.

MetroHealth to open food clinic on main Cleveland campus

As part of a pilot program to address food insecurity, MetroHealth is opening a food clinic on the system’s main campus in Cleveland.

RACs seek to regain reviewing privileges for Medicare claims

Recovery Audit Contractors recouped more than $400 million in improper Medicare payments in fiscal year 2016 and are now urging Congress to increase their ability to review more claims. Hospitals meanwhile are seeking to further reduce the amount of…

Skilled-nursing occupancy hits record low

Occupancy at SNFs across the United States reached a record low of 81.7% in the second quarter of 2018, down from 83.1% over the same period last year as policy changes take hold and competition ramps up.

Recovering from Florence, hospitals get an outside assist

North Carolina hospitals affected by Hurricane Florence are working to get back to normal operations, thanks in part to collaboration with the state, supply chain partners and healthcare providers in less affected areas, like Atrium Health.

HHS to work with investors, startups to foster innovation

HHS wants to work with private companies like venture capital firms and startup incubators to discuss strategies to accelerate investment, innovation and research in healthcare.

California: Drugmaker paid doctors to overprescribe Humira

California’s insurance commissioner accused pharmaceutical giant AbbVie of illegally plying doctors with cash, gifts and services to prescribe Humira, tainting their relationship with patients and driving up insurance costs.

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