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Will hospitals consider converting to a short-stay model?

A Texas hospital is adopting a short-stay model--treating patients for admissions that last 24 hours or less--and it may be a model other providers emulate, according to the Port Arthur News.

CMS' joint replacement initiative won't keep surgery volumes in check

I am hopeful the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposal to bundle payments for hip and knee joint replacement surgeries will become operational by early next year. But I...

Healthcare lobbies push to include housing as a hospital community benefit

Several prominent hospital groups have been urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to consider hospital-sponsored housing as a community benefit, AHA News Now has reported.

Oncology doctors push back against cost of cancer drugs

Oncologists are so irked over the rapidly escalating cost of drugs used to treat their patients that they are making fairly radical policy proposals and have begun monitoring prices for treatments.

Barnabas Health CEO supports paying some property taxes

The CEO of New Jersey's largest hospital system has come out in support of not-for-profit hospitals in the state paying some property taxes, NJ.com has reported.

Hospital bond issuance up 215%

Hospitals and other parts of the healthcare sector are putting their toes back into the borrowing waters once again, and like what they are feeling. The healthcare sector sold $18.9 billion in bonds during the first half of 2015, up 76 percent from $10.8 billion sold during the first half of 2014, according to HFA Partners.

Big insurer deals could drive similar action among hospitals

Two huge insurer mergers announced in recent weeks have reshaped the payer market. And there is a possibility such deals could wind up impacting the hospital sector as well, Bloomberg Business has reported.

Healthcare stocks punching way above weight

Healthcare stocks are on a roll, according to MarketWatch, which concluded that the S&P 500 healthcare stock sector has outperformed the broader S&P every year for the past five years.

Hospitals pay big price for lack of Medicaid expansion

There is a constituency paying a steep price decisions not to expand  Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act: local and regional hospitals, and often facilities that serve the public.

Physicians paid very little to improve care

The Affordable Care Act and the move from volume-based to value-based care was supposed to transform how the industry paid providers. But little has changed, according to a new study in the Annals of Family Medicine

Physician referrals can be way to boost a hospital's bottom line

Despite moving toward a medical home model, encouraging physician referrals can still be a way for hospitals and healthcare systems to boost their bottom lines, Medical Marketing & Media has reported.

Superbugs make hospital leaders rethink supply chain

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are one of the top threats to patient safety within healthcare, but hospital leaders must also consider the threat when managing the supply chain, according to Healthcare Finance News.

How expansion helped solve a rural hospital's financial troubles

The picture looks increasingly bleak for rural hospitals, as patient volumes decline and care costs and bad debt remain high. But one small rural Missouri provider has found a way to survive without cutting back on services; in fact it has expanded them, according to National Public Radio.

Hospitals, healthcare systems seek feedback directly from patients

Hospitals and healthcare systems are turning to a new constituency when it comes to improving the care they provide: patients and their families.

Marilyn Tavenner's troubling leap from public to private sector

I suppose in these uncertain times it's a good thing when an American who's just a year from qualifying for Social Security is offered a job with a salary higher than what she had been...

Surprise bills can lurk even in urgent care visits

Many finance-savvy patients are eschewing emergency rooms in favor of urgent care, expecting it will save them money. Yet they are still getting hit by surprise medical bills, Kaiser Health News has reported.

Private equity firms eye medical groups, practices

Private equity funds are scouring the landscape of the Lone Star State, looking for medical groups and practices as potential investment vehicles, the Texas Tribune has reported.

Daughters of Charity finds another potential savior

Daughters of Charity, the California healthcare system on the brink of insolvency, has apparently found a financial savior: a private equity firm willing to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into...

Do teaching hospitals profit from graduate medical education?

Teaching hospitals increasingly subsidize graduate medical education, but the return on investment is unclear, according to Crain's Detroit Business.

Could mega health plan mergers drive down healthcare costs?

There's been concern that the recent mega-mergers proposed by health plans could wind up driving up costs in the provider realm. But that trend could actually lead to counterintuitive results, according to CFO magazine. Instead, the article posited, the mergers could lower costs in the long run.