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Realignment of Texas cancer screening funds attacks both women and hospitals

Although the United States has seen a rise of women political figures such as Hillary Clinton and Loretta Lynch, it remains a remarkably difficult place for women in many walks of life. For every...

Appeals court invalidates CMS contract with RACs

It may be back to square one in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' bid to create new pacts with recovery audit contractors. The U.S. Court of Federal Appeals has invalidated the current proposed contract with RACs, primarily due to their violation of U.S. acquisition regulations

Cost for treating enlarged prostate can vary by 400 percent

UCLA researchers examined the various treatment pathways for an enlarged prostate and found that although they all had similar outcomes, costs can vary by as much as 400 percent. 

Numerous reasons for the rural hospital crisis

Rural hospitals continue to be in crisis, with the National Rural Health Association reporting that 48 were forced to close their doors since 2010 and another 283 nationwide are in financial trouble, according to a Washington Post analysis.

Adverse subsidy ruling in King v. Burwell could damage hospital bottom lines

An adverse ruling against premium subsidies by the U.S. Supreme Court in the King v. Burwell case could nip at hospital finances in 34 states, the McClatchy News Service reported.

Credit agencies agree to back off on medical debt reporting

The three major credit reporting agencies have struck a deal with regulators that will change how they report medical debt, according to NPR.

Hospital violence may link to management's risk tolerance

Hospital executives may tolerate some level of violence against their medical staffs and other employees because they see it as a risk attached to the job, according to MedPage Today.

Healthcare economists propose overhaul of Sustainable Growth Rate formula

Congress can never seem to solve the conundrum that is the Sustainable Growth Rate formula used to calculate the rates the Medicare program pays physicians. It's an issue that the legislative body has been ducking for more than a decade with annual patches and occasional near-misses with proposed fixes.

Connecticut, Oregon lawmakers work on bills to cut hospital costs

Lawmakers in Connecticut and Oregon, concerned with the continuing rise of healthcare costs, propose bills to make the cost of delivering care more transparent.

Temporary nurses can often cost hospitals less than permanent staff

The judicious use of of temporary nurses can actually reduce costs, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality.

Hospital surgical mortality rates vary greatly

Hospitals are all over the map regarding survival rates for high-risk surgeries, according to new data released by the Leapfrog Group.

Prime backs out of acquisition due to 'unprecedented' conditions

Citing what it says are burdensome conditions set by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Prime Healthcare has pulled out of a deal to buy six struggling Catholic hospitals, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

CBO lowers projection for ACA implementation cost again

The Congressional Budget Office has lowered its projection for the cost of implementing the Affordable Care Act yet again.

Cancer treatment costs could drive wedge between patients, doctors

The cost of cancer therapies--among the most expensive in the healthcare delivery system--drive care decisions made by both patients and hospitals, but also could create tension between patients and their physicians, according to the American Journal of Managed Care.

Once the King v. Burwell nonsense is finished, focus must shift to strengthening ACA

Once the U.S. Supreme rules against the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell this June, it will be high time for the supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to foreclose against further actions to kill...

OIG: Switch critical access swing beds to SNF rates, save billions

A new report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General determined that the government could save billions of dollars a year if the swing beds at critical access hospitals were reimbursed at rates comparable to those of skilled nursing facilities.

Two states, two different coping mechanisms for safety-net hospital shortfalls

Neither Wyoming nor Florida has expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. But both states have tried different coping mechanisms to ensure their hospitals receive some form of safety-net funding.

Hospitals oppose Medicare Advantage cuts

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposes a modest 0.95 percent reduction in Medicare Advantage payments to providers for 2016--a proposal that is not sitting well with the hospital sector.

Hospitals could follow fast food industry trends to boost patient satisfaction

The hospital sector could take a cue from the fast food industry in order to improve patient satisfaction, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

AHA supports bill to repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board

The Independent Payment Advisory Boardmay be one of the most obscure yet unpopular components of the Affordable Care Act. And the nation's hospital sector has added its voice to those against the IPAB, AHA News Now has reported.