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- Sisters indicted as bogus psychologists
Two Massachusetts sisters faced arraignment in Middlesex Superior Court earlier this week, charged with using false psychologist credentials and fraudulently billing federal, state, and local agencies more than $580,000, according to the attorney general’s office. Neither is a licensed psychologist.
- Where is the ASC data?
From HCAHPS to healthcare surveys, hospitals seem to be swimming in data. The question is, where is the comparable data for ambulatory surgical centers (ASC)? For ASCs, the most prominent source of National Quality Forum (NQF)-endorsed measures is the ASC Quality Collaborative (ASCQC). The collaborative has six measures endorsed by the NQF:
- ECFMG cautions on ’certification’ organizations
The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is cautioning international medical graduates (IMGs) to beware of organizations that imply or claim to have a role in certifying the qualifications of IMGs to enter U.S. residency and fellowship programs.
- Working smarter, not harder
A couple of weeks ago I asked readers whether they thought about work during time off. Their answers ranged from “what time off?” and “I not only think about work during time away, I also do it” (which made up the majority of reader replies) to “No—when I’m out of the office, I’m not thinking about work.” However, nearly all of the responders also mentioned that their workload is as heavy as they’ve ever seen it.
- FSMB unveils draft Interstate Medical Compact legislation
The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) last week announcd a completed draft of model legislation to create an Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. The compact would expedite the process of issuing licenses for physicians who wish to practice in multiple states. The model legislation creates the process and establishes the location of a patient as the jurisdiction for oversight and patient protections, according to the FSMB.
- Study: Administrative costs for U.S. healthcare are highest
A team of international health policy experts recently compared administrative costs of U.S. hospitals with those of other industrialized nations with various types of healthcare systems: Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States. The study, which appears in the September issue of HealthAffairs, found that administrative costs accounted for more than 25% of total U.S. hospital expenditures, and the percentage is increasing. Next highest were the Netherlands (just under 20%) and England (15.5%), which are transitioning to market-oriented payment systems according to the study abstract.
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