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2014-04-22 20:22:12

Fact Check Shows Misinformation Prominent in AB 1952 Health Committee Discussion SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Hospital Association (CHA) today released a Fact Check to correct inaccurate claims made by proponents of Assembly Bill 1952, a measure that would impose a 5 percent mandate for charity care on most not-for-profit hospitals. The bill would create a one-size-fits-all charity care requirement across diverse communities in...

2014-04-21 23:08:57

For months, The Center for Health Affairs and its contracted wage index experts from the Reimbursement Alliance Group have been working with the region’s hospitals on a project to maximize wage index; preliminary results suggest these efforts have truly paid off. Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) April 21, 2014 Reimbursement Forum members were presented with the preliminary fiscal year (FY) 2015 wage index results at their March 20 meeting where they learned that Northeast Ohio hospitals can...

2014-04-18 23:08:07

In an upcoming webinar from Atlantic Information Services, participants will hear pharmacy experts from a top-rated Medicare plan discuss key aspects and decision-making components involved in developing effective star-rating strategies. Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 18, 2014 As CMS enhances and modifies its star-ratings program each year, it raises the bar for Medicare plans to deliver ever-higher quality care. Since the pharmacy benefit is the primary objective of Prescription Drug Plans...

2014-04-18 12:22:45

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite mounting criticism of the Medicare bidding program for durable medical equipment (DME), the President's fiscal year 2015 budget includes a proposal to use the program's unrealistically low reimbursement rates for Medicaid. It's bad enough that the bidding program's reimbursement rates, which the government sets virtually arbitrarily, will be applied to areas not yet covered by the controversial program by 2016 unless...

2014-04-18 12:22:42

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An array of clinicians and advocates for Medicare patients, as well as home medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and trade groups, sharply oppose a proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand the prices of goods and services under their bid procurement program to non-bid areas throughout the country, says the American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare). AAHomecare reviewed the public...

2014-04-18 12:22:40

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dorena Hyatt of Meyersdale, Pa., has been disabled since the age of 12. "My disability affected my legs and I am no longer able to walk," said Hyatt. Now 65 years old, she lives alone and maintains her independence by using a power wheelchair. A component on Hyatt's chair recently broke, causing the electric unit to hang off the frame. But getting her chair fixed proved to be a bigger problem than it should have been. "After talking to...

2014-04-17 16:26:48

OAKLAND, Calif., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente's Medicare health plan website, kp.org/medicare, received top marks again from HealthMetrix Research Inc. for offering Medicare consumers an easy, positive and high-value experience. The independent research firm announced its list of "Outstanding Medicare Advantage Plan Websites" for 2014 MedicareWebWatch certification, and Kaiser Permanente's Medicare plan site was also recognized as one of the top six benchmark sites...

2014-04-17 16:26:46

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ben Quirk and Quirk Healthcare donated over 800 hours of customization work to the Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center's new Electronic Health Records system that launched on Monday, April 7, 2014. The customization work will allow the care management piece, essential to the services provided by CDTC, to be relevant with the new system. "We are very fortunate to have found a company that goes above and beyond when it...

2014-04-16 23:16:50

The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "We are encouraging employees of companies offering hospice services to call us at 866-714-6466, if they possess proof of Medicare fraud in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, because the reward potential is so significant. There was a recent settlement involving a company providing hospice services that we think will result in a significant whistleblower reward, and we think this should be of interest to anyone working in the hospice...

2014-04-16 23:12:51

CSG Government Solutions, a national leader in government program modernization, today announced that Kay Green has joined CSG’s Healthcare and Human Services practice. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 CSG Government Solutions, a national leader in government program modernization, today announced that Kay Green has joined CSG’s Healthcare and Human Services practice. Ms. Green is a nationally recognized Medicaid expert with over 30 years of experience working within state and...