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CMS unveils new rating system for hospitals

There are five-star hotels and restaurants, and soon there may be five-star hospitals. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has introduced a new hospital rating system for patient experience that will be based on a five-star scale.

Why hospitals should include doctors in bundled payments

Although the idea of including doctors in hospitals' bundled care payments has long been considered a detriment to physician autonomy, the move could significantly improve savings and care quality, argues an opinion piece published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Medicare overpaid hospitals at least $2.6 billion

The Medicare program overpaid hospitals $2.6 billion for the treatment of critically ill patients between 2010 and 2013, the Wall Street Journal reported.

How hospitals can strengthen local businesses

A new report that examines the role New Orleans' hospitals play in the local economy illustrates the importance of hospitals to area small businesses.

Readmission reduction lessons from the VA

Is the Veterans Health Administration a fiscal paragon when it comes to managing patients and avoiding readmissions? Quartz magazine examines its internal management system and lists reasons why hospitals may want to duplicate the VA's approach. 

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The Florida ophthalmologist included in the public corruption charges against Senator Robert Menendez faces additional healthcare fraud charges for bilking the federal government out of $105 million between 2008 and 2013, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. Salomon Melgen, M.D. remains in custody after a judge ruled he was a flight risk.

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When two doctors started the Do No Harm Project at the University of Colorado-Denver, it was simply because they recognized that healthcare overuse is "an urgent ethical issue" in the medical field, said co-founder Brandon Combs, M.D., in a Thursday webinar hosted by the Lown Institute.