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RACs collected nearly $4B in 2013

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services identified $3.75 billion in improper payments within the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor program, according to CMS' annual RAC report to Congress for fiscal year 2013.

Do CEO stock options impact firm borrowing?

Are publicly-traded healthcare firms less likely to take on debt when their CEOs receive compensation through stock options?

3 more organizations drop out of Pioneer ACO program

Three more hospitals dropped out of the Pioneer ACO program, leaving the long-tange financial vaibility of the program in doubt.

New reaction to high healthcare costs: Consumer anger

Americans have become angry over rising healthcare costs, Consumer Reports reported.

AHA wants contractors to cough up money in short-stay settlement offer

The protracted war between hospitals and recovery audit contractors over how  to handle short-stay payment appeals took a new turn as the American Hospital Association demanded a new concession in a recent settlement offer over RAC clawbacks..

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