Saving rural providers brings even more challenges

Rural healthcare faces a number of problems, including obstacles to reimbursement and difficulty adding and sustaining health clinics.

Mergers key to community hospital survival

As community hospitals around the country fall victim to declining volumes, shrinking patient care reimbursement and other financial woes, more organizations consider giving up their independent status to align with larger entities to survive.

Could Watson replace high-paid hospital execs?

I coined the term "seven-figure club" some time back for hospital executives paid more than $1 million a year. It was intended to describe a relatively small group. It's actually not...

Hospitals on alert after FTC's St. Luke's intervention

The Federal Trade Commission's intervention in a deal between a hospital and medical group in Idaho may give other providers pause as they pursue consolidations, the Washington Post reported.

Hospital association wants CMS to ease ACO rules

The American Hospital Association is lobbying the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to back off on some of the requirements of its Medicare Shared Savings Accountable Care Organization program, saying the current rules place too much financial risk on providers without offering them enough financial rewards.

Medical societies consider cost as part of treatment recommendations

The outsized cost of healthcare delivery in the U.S. may finally affect individual providers' treatment decisions.

Increased employment, coverage may spike health spending

Increased insurance enrollment, due to a combination of the Affordable Care Act and increased employment, means healthcare spending will likely increase, according to the New York Times.

FL pediatric facility pays $7M to settle whistleblower suit

All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., has agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing it of paying kickbacks to physicians to bring in more patients, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Readmissions lead to $41.3B in additional hospital costs

Hospitals spent $41.3 billion between January and November 2011 to treat patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

More hospitals post physician satisfaction scores

Online postings of how patients rank their physicians is controversial, but hospitals want to defuse--and leverage--the practice by taking it into their own hands.

Many providers still on fence regarding bundled payments

The number of hospitals, hospital systems and physician groups that use bundled payments is slowly increasing, although many providers say they still remain on the fence about participating in this relatively new form of healthcare finance.

NYC speciality physicians paid millions

Specialist physicians practicing at some of New York City's hospitals receive millions of dollars a year in compensation, including hefty bonuses that some suggest are incentives to bring more patients through the doors, the New York Post reported.

SC Supreme Court uphold's enforcement of state's CON law

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled the state's certificate-of-need law needs to stay in place, The State reported.

VT hospitals eye "global budget" payment model

At least one Vermont hospital may transition to a drastically different payment system by the end of the year, according to VT Digger.

AHA, hospital groups sue over two-midnight rule

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and several individual healthcare delivery systems and hospital groups have filed two lawsuits challenging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' two-midnight rule and associated Medicare payment cuts, Health Data Management reports.

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Hospital self-pay policies vary widely

Not-for-profit and tax-exempt hospitals' protocols for self-pay patients--whether to write their bills off entirely as charity care or insist on years of payments--vary widely from facility to facility, according to 100Reporters.

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...

Branding critical to growing a hospital's business

The quality of clinicians and the care provided by a hospital is ultimately key to its reputation, but engaging in an active "branding" campaign is good for business as well, according to NursesCount.

Hospital mergers and acquisitions increased in 2013

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) increased among hospitals and health systems in 2013, according to a new analysis by Kaufman Hall.