The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will end the long wrangling with hospitals over short-term inpatient stays.
Our country has always had problems with helping the poor without some sort of gimmick or catch. Listen to the sermon and find God, mop the soup kitchen floor after dinner is served, etc. It all plays into the suspicion that poor people are malingerers at heart, merely a firm bootstrap tug away from a McMansion and a fleet of SUVs clogging its circular driveway. And if they can't tug that bootstrap, they should all owe us something in the end.
There's a particularly insidious paradox along those lines regarding the Medicaid program.
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As the state and federal governments pressure the healthcare sector to cut costs, healthcare workers are often collateral damage, according to the Washington Times.
The per capita surgery rate in the United States is some 50 percent higher than in the European Union countries, and that higher demand is apparently driving up prices dramatically, NBC News reported.
Texas hospitals are already under financial pressure due to the Lone Star State's steadfast refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, and now they face yet another pressure point: urgent care centers.
The Great Recession may be over and the Affordable Care Act may be delivering millions of more patients, but hospitals are apparently still waiting for those bits of good fortune to make a difference to their bottom lines.
At a time when the industry and consumers push for transparency in healthcare finances, the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) wants to go in the other direction regarding some forms of compensation, the Indianapolis Star reported.
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As predi cted, the American M edical Association issued recommendations for Medicare to cover end-of-life discussions with patients, a change that could prompt physicians to initiate these conversations more often, according to an arti cle from the New York Times.
Despite the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' efforts to add flexibility to the Meaningful Use incentive program through a finalized rule announced last Friday, many hospital CIOs on FierceHealthIT 's Editorial Advisory Board remain frustrated about what lies ahead.