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Consumer-driven healthcare could help empty hospital beds

The shift toward consumer-driven healthcare could wind up cutting the number of patients receiving care via the hospital inpatient setting by as much as 40 percent over the long term, according to a new report by the Oliver Wyman consulting firm.

CMS clarifies short-stay claims settlement offer

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued an update on its settlement process with providers regarding disputed short-term hospital claims

Hospital malpractice costs continue to rise

The average hospital liability claim is approaching $500,000, according to new data from the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.

Providers devise new fees to levy against patients

Challenged by insurers ratcheting down their payments, hospitals and medical groups are creating more fees and charges for patients to pay as part of the care they receive, The New York Times reported.

HRSA asks drug manufacturers to refund 340B overcharges

The Health Resources and Services Administration had decided that orphan drugs--often pricey medications used to treat rare diseases--should be provided in some instances to hospitals that participate in the 340B program at its permitted discount, according to AHA News Now.

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