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CMS proposes to ease--but not abolish--two-midnight rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week proposed an amendment to the broadly unpopular "two-midnight rule" for patients' inpatient and outpatient status, according to the Associated Press.

CFOs may have more leverage over organized labor

With unions weakened and management emboldened by shifts in worker demographics in recent decades, organized labor is recalculating how to obtain more leverage in negotiations moving forward, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Feds, Michigan file antitrust suit against four hospital systems

The United States Department of Justice and the Michigan Attorney General have filed an antitrust lawsuit against four hospital systems in the Great Lakes State, claiming they entered into agreements to curb their marketing to allocated territories.

Drug, medical device companies paid teaching hospitals, docs nearly $6.5B last year

The pharmaceutical and medical device industry contributed a shade under $6.5 billion to the nation's teaching hospitals and physicians last year, the Wall Street Journal has reported. That sum includes consulting services, research and promotional speeches about drugs. The money also included non-clinical payments, such as the value of free food provided to doctors by drug and medical device sales representatives.

Observation care notification law goes into effect in Virginia

A new law went into effect in Virginia this week that requires hospitals to inform patients if they are being held on observation status as opposed to being fully admitted as an inpatient.

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