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  • BREAKING NEWS: Feds speed plans for value-based payments

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday said it would fundamentally reform how it pays providers for treating Medicare patients in the coming years. The intent, according to HHS officials, is to cut down on the volume of unnecessary procedures while improving patient outcomes.

AHA: SGR fix should not come at expense of hospitals

Congress should fix the long-disregarded sustainable growth rate formula, but not at the expense of hospitals, according to the American Hospital Association.

Provider, payer communities react to HHS value-based payment initiative

Reaction was mixed to Monday's news that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services intends to aggressively shift Medicare provider payments from a fee-for-service model to a system based more on quality and improved patient outcomes.

CBO: Healthcare to drive spending increases over next decade

Healthcare expenditures will contribute to an increase in federal spending over the next few years, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.

AHA says uncompensated care rose slightly in 2013

Uncompensated care expenditures by hospitals increased for the 13th consecutive year in 2013, although the increase was relatively modest and was outstripped by moderations in total hospital operating expenses.

Latest technique for medical bill collection: Forced guardianship

Some nursing homes and hospitals have moved patients into formal guardianships to ensure that patients pay their bills, according to the New York Times.

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