House debates how to pay for SGR fix

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health are working on yet another attempt to reform the unpopular Sustainable Growth Rate formula, according to Healthcare Finance News.

Healthcare spending picks up again

The Great Recession--and to a lesser extent some of the reforms in the Affordable Care Act--have slowed healthcare spending. But is it on the uptick again? That's a question the Michigan-based Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending asks every month. And for the month of November 2014, while healthcare inflation appeared level, spending was not.

AHA asks Supreme Court to hear case on ProMedica deal

The American Hospital Association has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a legal doctrine used to secure some antitrust waivers for mergers in other fields and have it apply to similar deals involving hospitals, AHA News Now reported.

Sen. Grassley furious that hospitals sue low-income patients

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has expressed astonishment that not-for-profit hospitals garnish the wages of low-income patients who should have qualified for charity care at the institutions where they received treatment, according to NPR and ProPublica.


CMS reverses ban on public schools receiving Medicaid funds

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last month quietly reversed a nearly 18-year ban on public schools applying for Medicaid funding, Stateline has reported

For most hospitals, penalties wipe out quality bonuses

Medicare will award quality bonuses to the majority of hospitals it assesses, but in most cases, other penalties will offset those gains, Kaiser Health News reports.

Supreme Court considers providers' right to sue state over payments

This week the United States Supreme Court considered arguments in a case that could have far-reaching ramifications for providers' ability to sue states for insufficient Medicaid reimbursement, Kaiser Health News reported.

An interview with K.B. Forbes, advocate for the uninsured

A recent study in Health Affairs had some eyebrow-raising data. A nearly decade-old law on the books in California regulating how much hospitals can charge uninsured patients has helped to...

Nurses want violence in hospitals curbed

Nurses in Florida believe there is an "epidemic" of violence in hospitals, and want changes to make their workplace safer. 

Push is on to expand Medicaid in Kansas, Wyoming

A push is on among both hospital executives and lawmakers to expand Medicaid eligibility in two mostly rural and extremely conservative states.

AHA urges Congress to fund GME funding, expand residencies

The American Hospital Association has lobbied the U.S. Congress to preserve and boost payments for graduate medical education, AHA News Now reported.

Georgia's rural hospitals continue to deteriorate

Hospital services in Georgia are deteriorating due to the rural healthcare financial crisis, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Florida between a rock and hard place on Medicaid

Florida's hospitals stand to lose up to $1.3 billion in federal funds to shore up its Medicaid program after a supplemental fund used to leverage those payments is set to terminate later this year.

Hospitals in Maine, NJ face tax exemption battles

Legislation pending in Maine and an ongoing legal battle in New Jersey could wind up undoing some tax exemptions for not-for-profit hospitals.

CDC: Hospital-acquired infections in widespread decline

Hospitals made widespread gains in reducing the rates of infections acquired within their facilities, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

AHA asks MedPAC for 3.2 percent pay bump in fiscal 2016

The American Hospital Association has asked the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to act on a draft proposal that it bump up in acute care hospital inpatient and outpatient payments by 3.2 percent in fiscal 2016, AHA News Now reported.

Workplace wellness--or else

The workplace wellness movement has been rolling along for some years, but recently delivered to employees a new twist: Wellness...or else.

Calif. law effective at curbing hospital charges to uninsured

A 2006 California law intended to cap what uninsured patients would have to pay for treatment at hospitals has resulted in lower charges for them overall, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.

Schumer to sponsor renewal of rural hospital aid programs

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is pushing to renew two federal grants to rural hospitals set to expire at the end of March, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.

Trinity forms risk-based partnership as subsidiary acquires bankrupt system

Trinity Health is continuing its trend of acquisitions, forming a risk-based accountable care partnership with Heritage Provider Network while a provider it acquired in December arranges to absorb a Connecticut-based provider.