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Urgent care centers put financial pressure on Texas hospitals

Texas hospitals are already under financial pressure due to the Lone Star State's steadfast refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, and now they face yet another pressure point: urgent care centers.

Moody's: Non-profit hospitals see constricted revenue growth

The Great Recession may be over and the Affordable Care Act may be delivering millions of more patients, but hospitals are apparently still waiting for those bits of good fortune to make a difference to their bottom lines.

CMS offers to settle disputed short-term hospital claims

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will end the long wrangling with hospitals over short-term inpatient stays.

Hospital M&As decline in the second quarter

Mergers and acquisitions in the hospital sector tumbled during the second quarter of this year, according to a new report from PwC.

California mulls ending some Medicaid estate recoupments

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) could make California one of the first states in the nation that would preemptively block collections from the estates of deceased patients who receive ordinary Medicaid benefits, Kaiser Health News reported

5 steps for hospitals considering affiliation

Affiliation is not something providers should rush into, according to Becker's Hospital Review. Here are five steps boards must consider before signing a deal. 

5 concerns that should keep hospital CFOs up at night

Chief financial officers of hospitals, health plans and other ventures in the health sector should not only keep their eyes on the bottom line, but also five other areas that have financial implications under the Affordable Care Act, Forbes reports.

Atlanta hospital tries pegging costs to actual activities

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has entered a new frontier in healthcare finance: equating a hospital's labor costs to the actual steps required to treat a patient.

Economy, not ACA, caused healthcare spending slowdown

The recent slowdown in healthcare spending is likely due to economic factors rather than the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study in Health Affairs.

Rural hospitals struggle to keep doors open

Declining inpatient volume, falling reimbursement rates and failure to bring in enough revenue make rural hospitals the most vulnerable to closure, which is evident after the most recent string of closure announcements.

What the Chinese healthcare system could learn from ours

It seems China is beating us on every front. They've got some 7,000 miles of high-speed rail tracks, while we have managed to manufacture at least that many arguments against building a...

A primer on how for-profit hospitals operate

In New Jersey, where for-profit hospital operators are rapidly transforming healthcare delivery, the Bergen County Record has compiled an action list of how they operate in order to maximize their bottom lines.

American Hospital Association calls for end to OIG audits

The American Hospital Association called on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to cease what it calls "flawed and redundant" audits by its Office of the Inspector General in a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

Mayo reports big boost to bottom line

The insured patient generation created by the Affordable Care Act is gravy for the Mayo Clinic.

Hospitals turn to energy efficiency to cut costs

As hospital leaders look to reduce costs without impacting quality of care, experts suggest they consider a largely untapped area: energy efficiency.

SC hospitals: Financial data on new website distorted

The state of South Carolina recently began posting hospital financial data on its website. However, many of the state's acute care providers dispute the accuracy of the information, GSA Business reported.

Is Partnership for Patients Program flawed?

An opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine questions whether the Partnership for Patients Program has actually led to an improvement in patient care.

As hospitals cut transfusions, blood banks suffer

Hospitals have found a way to save money by using technology and new medical techniques to cut down on pricey blood transfusions, but it has come at the expense of thousands of jobs in the blood banking sector, the New York Times reports.

Success story: Faced with closure five years ago, Florida hospital now in the black

Five years ago, Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Florida faced a $124 million loss and was close to shutting its doors for good. Today, the 400-bed, not-for-profit hospital can boast of a complete financial turnaround. In this exclusive interview, Rudy  Braccili Jr., executive director of revenue cycle services, tells FierceHealthFinance about the reasons behind the hospital's new-found success.

 

WI updates hospital price database, but challenges remain

An affiliate of the Wisconsin Hospital Association released its latest version of its PricePoint price information system for inpatient procedures earlier this week, and it continues to show that provider charges are all over the map.