Breaking Healthcare News November 15, 2012

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Today’s Healthcare Headlines:

  • Diabetes rates rocket in Oklahoma, South
    The nation’s diabetes problem is getting worse, and the biggest jump over 15 years was in Oklahoma, according to a new federal report issued Thursday.
  • Hospitals see slowest rise in insurer revenue since 2005: S&P
    Revenue to hospitals from commercial insurers and fee-for-service Medicare during the year that ended in September grew at the slowest annual rate since January 2005, according to economic indices released by Standard & Poor’s.
  • Interoperability roadmap needed: IT exec says
    The U.S. healthcare industry, with appropriate and firm federal leadership in selecting and enforcing a core set of health information technology standards, should be able to achieve a widespread level of health information interoperability, but it…
  • WakeMed marks $100 million for EHR system
    WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, N.C., is bookmarking nearly $100 million to implement an integrated electronic health-record system, its largest single health IT investment to date.
  • SGR patch expected in lame duck session
    The co-chair the GOP Doctors’ Caucus is “pretty confident” that Congress will approve a one-year freeze in Medicare physician pay rates during the lame duck session of Congress.
  • IPC acquires Delaware hospitalist practice
    IPC the Hospitalist Co., North Hollywood, Calif., has acquired Christiana Medical Group, a Newark, Del.-based acute-care hospitalist practice.
  • Renal Ventures to open vascular access centers
    Renal Ventures Management, a Lakewood, Colo.-based dialysis services provider, said it plans to open a new division of vascular access centers next year.

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