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The U.S. is way behind in switching to a more expansive system of diagnostic and procedure codes, which are far better at tracking diseases. Even worse, the rest of the world will switch to a newer medical coding system less than two years after the U.S. finally adopts ICD-10 in October 2015.

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Health care providers have invested millions in making the scheduled switch to a more comprehensive system of diagnostic and procedure codes this fall, but after a move by the U.S. Senate this month, implementation will be delayed for at least another year. Many are disappointed.

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The common thread of the bonus program that just ended was to make it easier for low-income families to get their children on public health insurance.

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The story about Medicare removing information about hospital-acquired conditions from its Hospital Compare website appears to be changing. I'm still left wondering who started the wheels in motion for the original story about the data. The reporter had to have gotten this idea somewhere.

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On Oct. 1, Medicare will start penalizing hospitals that have excessive readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia. Yet despite several years of planning and effort, readmission rates remain stubbornly high. What's going on?

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