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News Item - 11/26/2014
National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Fact Sheet
In 2011, there were an estimated 136.3 million visits to emergency departments (EDs) of nonfederal short-stay and general hospitals in the United States.  The annual visit rate was 44.5 ED visits per 100 persons.  The highest number of visits was made by persons between 25 and 44 years of age.

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News Item - 11/25/2014
Health Care’s 1%: The Extreme Concentration of U.S. Health Spending
One percent of the U.S. population accounts for nearly 23 percent of overall health care spending, and 5 percent are responsible for a full 50 percent of spending. In stark contrast, the lowest-spending half of the population generates less than 3 percent of total spending—or only about $234 per person, per year. Any meaningful effort to control spending growth must account for this extreme concentration. This chart story uses newly-released data to take a closer look at the top spenders, noting factors driving their higher spending and examining the persistence of spending patterns over time.

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News Item - 11/21/2014
CMS releases list of counties, hospitals that have lost critical access designation Facilities can reapply to the CAH program
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a list of counties and parishes that will lose their rural designation that allows acute care facilities within their boundaries to receive extra payments as critical access hospitals.

The CMS list includes 72 counties and parishes in more than 30 states or Puerto Rico. These include Walla Walla County in Washington, where the city of Walla Walla has grown by more than 20 percent over the past quarter century, and Kingman County in Kansas, which although it has seen its population shrink over the past decade, is within commuting distance of rapidly growing Wichita, the state's largest city. Others include Rappahannock County, which although it is in a fairly rural portion of Virginia, has become a commuting suburb of the District of Columbia., for some residents.

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News Item - 11/20/2014
All Over the Map: Medical Procedure Rates in California Vary Widely
For patients considering elective surgery or tests, geography matters. In 2011, the California HealthCare Foundation created an interactive map to highlight variation across the state for a host of conditions. Today, it releases an update to the "All Over the Map" tool, which features the ability to make comparisons across communities and time periods.

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News Item - 11/19/2014
Is the physician shortage real? 5 things to consider
Despite widespread claims in the medical community that the United States is facing a serious physician shortage, more health economists and analysts are refuting the idea, according to NPR.

Here are five things to know about the physician shortage, or lack thereof:

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News Item - 06/02/2014
CMS Releases Medicare Hospital Payment Data, New Online Tools
On June 2, CMS released Medicare hospital pricing data for 2012 in an effort to increase transparency, lower costs and improve the quality of care, The Hill reports (Al-Faruque, The Hill, 6/2).

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The information, which was revealed at the annual Health Datapalooza conference in Washington, D.C.,  is the agency's first annual update to Medicare hospital charge, which compare the average amount a hospital charges for services provided with a similar inpatient stay or outpatient visit (HHS release, 6/2).

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News Item - 04/04/2014
CMS releases PQRS, eRx progress report
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a new report on two of its pay-for-reporting incentive programs for eligible professionals (EPs): the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and electronic prescribing (eRx).

The 90 page report on 2012 participation results and trends in the programs demonstrates "exciting progress," according to CMS officials.

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News Item - 01/21/2014
MedPAC Recommends No ASC Pay Increase for 2015; 3.25-5.25% Increase for HOPDs
On Friday, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission approved a final recommendation for Medicare pay rates in 2015, recommending that ambulatory surgery centers get 0 percent pay raise, according to an AHA News report.

At the same time, MedPAC recommended increasing hospital inpatient and outpatient prospective payment systems by 3.25 percent in the absence of sequestration cuts and 5.25 percent if spending cuts continue. The sequestration that begun last April enacted automatic 2 percent Medicare payment cuts for the next 10 years.

However, MedPAC did suggest reducing or eliminating pay differences between hospital outpatient departments and physician offices for some procedures, as currently hospital outpatient departments are paid significantly more.

News Item - 11/08/2013
NHA is one of the 20 Most Promising Data Analytics Companies
Companies today recognize that they have opportunities to use data and analytics to raise productivity, improve decision-making, and gain competitive advantage. CIOs understand that analytics will define the difference between the losers and winners going forward. As the market evolves a vast array of data analytics technology and solution vendors are positioning themselves for leadership. A large number of venture-backed startups are battling against established BI and enterprise software providers.

While there are plenty to choose from, organizations that succeed with Big Data analytics will be those that understand the possibilities, see through the vendor hype and choose the right deployment model. In the last few months, we have looked at hundreds of data analytics companies and shortlisted the ones that are at the forefront of tackling the real analytics challenges. We present to you CIOReview's 20 Most Promising Data Analytics Companies. A distinguished panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, industry analysts and the editorial board of CIOReview selected the Final 20.

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