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Five ways CMS screwed up last week's release of Medicare payment doc data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) last week missed the mark when it released the 2012 Medicare data on how much it paid doctors for their services. CMS' nearly lazy indifference in...

To think I buried the truth of the ACA on Mulberry Street!

(With endless apologies to Theodore S. Geisel and his family) When I leave home for work, The Truth of the ACA Always says to me, "Ron, keep your eyelids up And see what you can see."...

10 questions to consider following the ACA's first open enrollment period

Now that the first open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is behind us, I expect many questions to come up over the coming months about the relative success of the law to date, and what...

Hospital ER ad underscores heathcare finance's woeful informational problems

I've discussed the demands for price transparency a lot in this space and I believe it will be one of the defining issues of healthcare finance for many years to come. But what about...

Is Accretive Health in a death spiral?

Accretive Health, the Chicago-based revenue cycle management firm accused of harsh billing and collection practices, such as bedside collection visits for ER patients, now faces a money-showing...

Why Paul Ryan's half-baked poverty report is genuinely problematic for hospitals

Whenever matinee idol politician Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) makes a public pronouncement, Albert Brooks' description of the devil from the 1987 movie "Broadcast News" filters through my...

Why scrapping EMTALA is a bad deal

Overcoming oppression has defined the history of the United States to some extent. The fights over slavery, civil rights and suffrage are just a few examples. But there is a curious retrograde...

Spinal surgery finances remain behind a very heavy curtain

The indictment of California State Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) on federal corruption charges last week was and is front-page news in my home base of Los Angeles, and it turns out the story has...

Healthcare finance: Little has changed since mid-1960s

Out of curiosity, I decided to wander through the archived online edition of the Los Angeles Times on the day I was born. At the risk of dating myself, on the day I entered the world, you could...

4 better ways AOL could save on healthcare costs

AOL Chief Executive Tim Armstrong is a prototypical 21st century American captain of industry: His company doesn't manufacture any real-world product, and it has lost about 45 percent of its...