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Hospitals tout success on Day 1 of ICD-10 transition

Day 1 of ICD-10 use was a relative success, according to several hospital IT and information management leaders who spoke to  FierceHealthIT.

Bill to repeal small-group market expansion heads to Obama's desk

The increasing opposition to the Affordable Care Act's small-group market expansion has paid off in the form of a legislative repeal that has cleared the Senate and is headed to President Barack Obama's desk.

Value-based care: Will the industry ever be ready to ditch fee-for-service?

The Triple Aim. Bundled Payments. Accountable care organizations. FierceHealthcare has written countless articles about these initiatives to move the healthcare industry away from fee-to-service to...

ACLU sues Michigan health system over denying emergency care to pregnant women

The American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan have filed a lawsuit accusing a Catholic health system with more than 80 hospitals nationwide of denying appropriate emergency care to women suffering pregnancy complications. 

Report: Medicare overpays skilled nursing facilities by more than $1B

Because of flawed payment incentives, Medicare paid skilled nursing facilities $1.1 billion more than it needed to in fiscal years 2012 and 2013, according to a new government agency report.  

Texas Children's Hospital opens unit in case child has Ebola, superbug

Since last year's outbreak of Ebola, many U.S. hospitals have renovated rooms and increased training to handle a potential case, but Texas Children's Hospital has taken a step beyond and built a separate isolation unit.

Conflict of interest: Academic leaders on US healthcare industry boards

Some of the most highly compensated healthcare and academic leaders in the country also pad their incomes as members of the boards of publicly-traded healthcare companies, raising conflict of interest concerns, according to a new study.

Anthem does not plan to make divestitures in deal to acquire Cigna

Though divestitures are common in large-scale acquisitions, Anthem does not expect to have to make any as it closes its merger with Cigna, according to a newly released piece from Policy and Regulatory Report.  

Insurers anticipate early ICD-10 billing problems

As today begins the transition to the new ICD-10 medical codes, health insurance companies are anticipating potential billing problems as a result of the transition. 

Majority of Americans oppose Cadillac tax

As leaders on both sides of the political spectrum have begun to oppose the Affordable Care Act's Cadillac tax that will go into effect in 2018, the American public appears to dislike the provision as well.