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29
Apr
Revolving Door

PHC4 Releases Readmissions Report

On April 26, 2012 the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released a report detailing hospital readmission statistics from 2010 data.  The report is particularly noteworthy because this month the first group of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) begin participating in the Medicare shared savings program.  One of the quality measures on which health care providers participating in the ACO are evaluated is hospital readmissions. Later this year, all Medicare providers will also be subject to the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program.

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19
Apr
Chalkboard

Jon Stepanian to Present at Pennsylvania Defense Institute CLE

On May 17, 2012 I’ll be presenting on the current status of expert discovery and expert retention at the Pennsylvania Defense Institute South Region regional CLE program.  The program is being held at the Hollywood Casino in Grantville, Pennsylvania and is followed by a reception.  Registration details are available through the Pennsylvania Defense Institute.

18
Apr
Defense Team

Trial Team Scores Defense Verdict

The posts have been slow recently, but for good reason!  We were preparing for a lengthy trial.  After nearly two weeks of testimony, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defense on Friday, April 13.  The defense team consisted of Jon Stepanian, Carolyn Moser, and paralegal Liz Wilson.  We were all pleased with the outcome on behalf of our hospital client and its staff.

After a brief respite, it will be back to the grind and new posts!