Health care news from around the web: August 7 – 11, 2017

Written on Aug 10, 2017

Kasich pushes bipartisan health care fix with Colorado governor
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper agrees he and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are “modeling behavior,” trying to show Congress how Democrats and Republicans can work together to forge consensus on fixing a problem that has eluded repair.

2018 IPPS final rule set to hike hospital reimbursement $2.4B 
For the upcoming federal fiscal year, Medicare payment rules and methodologies for hospital inpatient care feature a payment-rate hike and $800 million increase in uncompensated-care reimbursement.

Sessions wants ‘war’ on prescriptions, but Ohio’s done that for years
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to Columbus last week to announce a new effort to crack down on doctors, pharmacists and others profiting by improperly prescribing and selling opioids. But many aspects of the “new” initiatives already are in place in Ohio, where efforts to clamp down on prescription opioids go back a decade.

Workforce shortage, inflation remain concerns for SNF construction
The cost of construction for both mid-level and high-level skilled nursing projects is expected to increase through the end of the term, according to a brief published Aug. 2.

Tech Corner – Free Wi-Fi doesn’t mean safe Wi-Fi, and neither does having the password
Most people who rely on public Wi-Fi to get online are willing to sacrifice security for access — ignoring or unaware of the risk from hackers, according to a new survey by the digital security company Norton by Symantec.

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