Consolidation helps hospitals weather ACA changes

Across the country, the Affordable Care Act drives mergers and partnerships among hospitals hoping to improve and sustain care.

Defensive medicine may only account for 13% of hospital costs

About 13 percent of the costs incurred by hospitals can be attributed to the practice of defensive medicine--tests and treatments that aren't medically necessary but ordered to prevent lawsuits,according to a new study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Hospital prices barely rising, but consumers still shut out

Hospital prices have barely budged over the past year and so has the ability of most patients to see what acute care facilities charge for procedures.

FTC scores victories against hospital mergers using century-old law

The Federal Trade Commission, one of the only federal regulatory agencies contesting healthcare mergers, is scoring successes through a 100-year-old law, the New York Times reported.

Hospital closure hits region economically, logistically

The recent closure of Vidant Pungo Hospital in Belhaven, North Carolina has hit residents hard both in economic and healthcare terms, according to Kaiser Health News.

Price transparency: A first step toward true healthcare reform

The growing movement to reveal prices for hospital procedures is just one piece of the healthcare reform puzzle, according to leading experts who spoke Wednesday at The Economists' Health Care Forum 2014 in Boston.

House leader questions CMS plan for appeal settlements

The chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Health voiced concerns about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' settlement plan for short-stay appeals in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Hospitals must consolidate, merge to manage population health

In the modern era of healthcare, providers must embrace mergers and acquisitions to manage population health, argues an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal.

Hospitals should not garnish their patients' wages

Some time ago, I compiled a list of five better ways hospitals could collect on patient debt, concluding that "dunning and then suing patients with low incomes and few resources to respond is...

Does coordinated care also drive up its cost?

The desire to better coordinate the delivery of healthcare services may also drive up the cost of that care, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

Brookings Institution study upends Dartmouth Atlas assumptions

A new report by the Brookings Institution questions previous studies that delve into the vast differences in healthcare spending in different regions of the country.

Hospital spending growth slow in Vermont

Hospital budgets are rising in Vermont at one of the lowest rates on record, with many of the state's inpatient care facilities filing estimated budgets significantly lower than the numbers projected by the state's Green Mountain Care Board, according to the Brattleboro Reformer.

Rural Tennessee hospitals struggle to stay open

Tennessee's rural hospitals continue to struggle, bearing the burden of the state's decision to pass on expanding the Medicaid program, the Memphis Daily News reported.

Hospitals still struggle to cut medical errors

Physicians often labor under what is described as a "culture of perfection" that deflects efforts to reduce the number of medical errors in hospital settings.

Hospitals find new ways to cut costs through energy efficiencies

Demand response programs for energy consumption can help hospitals cut costs and save big bucks, Healthcare Finance News reported.

Census Bureau data suggests healthcare spending still slow

Long-anticipated healthcare spending data from the U.S. Census Bureau bears out what other indicators have said about the sector: inflation is far lower than a decade ago, when it was at or near double-digit growth levels.

AHA pushes for fewer regulatory tools in blocking mergers

The American Hospital Association has thrown its support behind federal legislation intended to streamline how the two federal agencies involved in reviewing mergers go about the process

Hospital finance execs have to change their perspective

The Affordable Care Act will change the responsibilities and the expectations of financial management executives in the coming years and decades, Hospitals & Health Networks reported.

South Florida hospitals will pay uninsured patient premiums

A South Florida hospital group may pay the insurance premiums of indigent patients in order to provide them with reliable healthcare coverage, the Associated Press reported.

Scaled-back ambulance service could avoid unnecessary ER visits

Some ambulance services now use smaller vehicles and diversify their resources to save money on healthcare delivery, Kaiser Health News reported.