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VA enrollment system has backlog of close to 900,000 healthcare applications

Although the Veterans Health Administration has a backlog of nearly 867,000 healthcare applications in pending status, 35 percent of the backlog contain applications for deceased veterans, according to a new report from the VHA's Office of Inspector General.

Hospital group: Aetna-Humana merger would lessen Medicare Advantage competition

The American Hospital Association, which already has expressed its concerns about the pending merger between Anthem and Cigna, now has done the same for the Aetna-Humana merger.

Despite negative reputation, doc-owned hospitals don't cherry-pick the healthiest patients

Physician-owned hospitals have a reputation for hijacking the lion's share of desirable patients at the expense of other providers but it is largely undeserved, according to a new study published in the  British Medical Journal.

Government can't continue to leave MU stakeholders in the dark

The government receives a lot of criticism for what it does and does not do. Some of that criticism is unfounded. But sometimes it's justifiable.

High-deductible plans, health savings accounts could repair the ACA

Now that repairing or replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a "realistic possibility," any new plan to fix the healthcare system should feature two key elements: High-deductible plans and health savings accounts, according to an opinion piece published by the  Wall Street Journal.

Low patient perception of risk ups chances for hospital falls

A fall-prevention plan may be only as good as a hospitalized patient's belief that it's necessary, suggests a study published in the  American Journal of Critical Care.

Paul Levy urges investigation of Epic for antitrust violations

Epic Systems is engaging in unlawful antitrust activity, according to former Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO Paul Levy, who adds in a blog post that the company should be investigated by the Massachusetts state attorney general.

Insurers pull out all the stops to win feds' approval of merger deals

Though they still must wait months to learn if their merger deals will receive the Department of Justice's blessing, some of the country's largest insurers have been gearing up to argue their case among federal regulators.

Outpatient surgery riskier for elders lacking social support

Older patients are significantly more likely than their younger counterparts to end up in the hospital following outpatient surgery, according to new research out of Northwestern University, but there are ways physicians can reduce this risk, reported  U.S. News & World Report.

As VA medical errors increased, investigations went down

Medical errors, the third-leading cause of death in the United States, are up at Veterans Affairs facilities, but the department is spending less time investigating what caused those errors, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.