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CMS' joint replacement initiative won't keep surgery volumes in check

I am hopeful the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposal to bundle payments for hip and knee joint replacement surgeries will become operational by early next year. But I...

Marilyn Tavenner's troubling leap from public to private sector

I suppose in these uncertain times it's a good thing when an American who's just a year from qualifying for Social Security is offered a job with a salary higher than what she had been...

RFID tracking slowly working its way into hospital inventory control

Supermarkets and your refrigerator tend to have the same issue in common: "Best If Used By" labels. If you don't get around to selling or consuming that yogurt or luncheon meat by a...

The troubling patient collections approach I encountered at HFMA ANI

Is there something wrong with me? I asked that question to myself last Wednesday afternoon at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Annual National Institute in Orlando, Florida....

HFMA's healthcare pricing guide for consumers falls short

In advance of its annual national institute that opened in Orlando on Monday, the Healthcare Financial Management Association has released an update of "Understanding Healthcare Prices: A...

Where does healthcare inflation end?

Although the German hyperinflation of the 1920s has faded from the memory of all but historians and economists, it might be worth revisiting given the inflation that continues in the U.S. healthcare...

What would the Founding Fathers say about Medicaid expansion?

When the Florida Legislature voted down Medicaid expansion yet once again last week, I received a glowing announcement from the James Madison Institute, a Tallahassee-based think tank that has a lot...

Healthcare's latest financial burden: Insured patients

Medical bills lead to about 60 percent of all personal bankruptcy filings. That's a stat that's been repeated so much that it's become a throwaway line in healthcare finance coverage. That is, until you think about the true cause and effect: Millions of Americans can't buy a new car or a new house or have huge impediments starting new businesses because they or a loved one was sick or injured, and even their insurance couldn't indemnify them.

Fierce exclusive: Tales of an accidental hospital CEO

When I dine with Jerry Seelig, it's usually to enjoy some foodie oasis in or around Los Angeles. But when I sat down with him for breakfast last week, it was to deconstruct his recently...

The Affordable Care Act's 'Black Mirror' moment

If you seek television to macerate your brain, I suggest streaming the British series "Black Mirror." It's a far darker "Twilight Zone" without the early 1960s prudery and...