If your emergency department has been seeing a lot of heart attacks recently, you might blame weather events. Consider the ups and downs in March, when four nor’easters in three weeks brought frigid weather interspersed with spring-like temperatures.
Citing emergency care as high risk for children, a multidisciplinary panel estimates that the medication error rate in pediatric patients is three times the rate for adult patients in the emergency department.
Imagine if your trauma unit was like a television show: Most patients would be rushed to a surgical suite, about a fourth of patients would suffer dramatic deaths, and half of the survivors would leave the hospital in less than a week, no matter the extent of their injuries.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently vacated a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule. That rule would have limited hospitals’ Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments based on Medicare or private insurer payments they received. This decision follows a Missouri court that likewise found CMS exceeded its Medicaid Act authority.
Hamot Hospital, a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center affiliate, and Medicor Associates Inc., a regional physician cardiology group practice, will pay the U.S. government $20.75 million to settle claims that they violated the Stark Law on physician self-referrals and the Anti-Kickback Statute.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has issued a permanent injunction preventing the federal government from enforcing on Wheaton College, a Chicago-area Christian liberal arts school, the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate. The injunction follows a four-year legal fight.
Spring Gate Rehabilitation and Health Care Center and the federal government have reached an agreement to resolve allegations brought against Spring Gate under the federal False Claims Act and Tennessee’s equivalent statute.
The U.S. Department of Justice has circulated an internal memo signaling that it may intervene—by seeking dismissal—in more lawsuits brought under the federal False Claims Act's qui tamprovisions. Those provisions allow “whistleblowers” to file suit on the government’s behalf and receive a portion of damages. They are aimed at reining in fraud involving government programs such as Medicaid.