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Healthcare spending paradox: National spending down, consumer costs on the rise

Despite a nationwide slowdown on healthcare spendinga new study by healthcare economics consulting firm Dobson DaVanzo shows that consumers now spend more on healthcare through higher out-of-pocket expenses and premium costs.

How a critical access hospital aims to compete with big-city providers

A hospital in rural Iowa is partnering with a Des Moines surgeon to compete with its urban counterparts, according to the Des Moines Register.

Potential pitfalls during a hospital or health system merger

Mergers and acquisitions are an inevitable part of hospital operations and healthcare delivery for the foreseeable future, but executives need to keep a cautious eye on potential pitfalls that can occur while pulling a merger offer, according to J.D. Supra Business Advisor.

Louisiana: Hospital privatization effort saves money

The public hospitals previously operated by the Louisiana State University healthcare system spent significantly less than budgeted for indigent care in the just completed fiscal year, but lawmakers wonder whether uninsured patients are merely seeking treatment at other hospitals, the Associated Press reported.

NJ health commissioner wants hospitals to make financial disclosures

New Jersey's state health commissioner put forth a proposal that would require all hospitals in the state to publicly disclose their financial data, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, evidently concerned about some of the negative outcomes involving intrusive pop-up clinical decision support alerts, has issued a tip sheet and answers a FAQ to clarify that the Meaningful Use incentive program is not limited to this type of notification.

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Forthcoming legislation set to be introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) looks to expand Medicare coverage for telemedicine beyond what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed earlier this month in its update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.