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Lack of Medicaid expansion will cost Florida hospitals billions

The intransigence of the Sunshine State's lawmakers over expanding Medicaid eligibility will cost the state's hospitals billions of dollars over the next several years, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 

Physician assistants at center of billing schemes

Physician assistants, who frequently provide primary care services to patients under the direct supervision of a doctor, are often the focal point for fraud.

Medicaid expansion rollbacks could bode an ill omen for hospitals

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act remains stalled in two dozen states. That has created parallel financial universes for hospitals that operate in nonexpansion states versus those...

Rural hospital operators grumble about Mayo takeovers

The Mayo label may not be all that it's stacked up to be. That's apparently the case with Fairmont Hospital in rural Minnesota, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Adverse Supreme Court ruling on subsidies could hurt for-profit hospitals

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to hear whether taxpayer subsidies to purchase commercial healthcare coverage are legal may wind up negatively impacting for-profit, publicly traded hospitals, Bloomberg News has reported.

Patient compensation system could replace malpractice torts

Could a state-administered patient compensation system take the place of the current adversarial medical malpractice tort system? That's the question Jeffrey Segal, M.D., CEO of Medical Justice, and Wayne Oliver, executive director of Patients for Fair Compensation posed in Forbes.

MedPAC proposes DRGs for short-stay hospital admissions

Admitting that payment policies regarding short-term hospital stays are "ambiguous and open to interpretation" and could be placing a large financial burden on patients, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has suggested creating specific diagnosis related groups (DRGs) that would focus on one-day admissions to inpatient care facilities.

Hospital job growth continues its revival

Hospital hiring continues to rouse itself from its slumber, with another 3,500 jobs added to payrolls in October, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Could longer hospital stays mean lower costs?

For decades, hospitals have tried to reduce the average length of patient stay, concluding the longer a patient occupied one of their beds, the higher costs for treating them rose. However, a new study by Columbia University's business school has found that patients who stay in the hospital longer--by one day--have lower costs and better outcomes.

Brigham & Women's turns to consulting to boost revenue

Brigham & Women's Hospital figures it knows a thing or two about healthcare, and plans to market that expertise to other hospitals.

Confidence among healthcare employees falls

Although the economy continues its gains, employee confidence in the healthcare sector has sagged as of late.

Public health system strapped for cash for Ebola prevention

While cases of Ebola may continue to crop up in the United States in the coming months or years, public health departments face strapped budgets to address breakouts of the virus, StateLine reported.

DSH payment cuts could shutter 225 hospitals

The ongoing cuts in disproportionate share hospital payments as part of the Affordable Care Act could lead to as many as 225 hospitals closing around the country, according to a new study in the journal Health Affairs.

Many CFOs at struggling hospitals expect to lose their jobs

Chief financial officers employed by struggling hospitals do not have high hopes for their longevity: a new survey says that more than 60 percent expect to lose their jobs within two years.

Why Kaci Hickox's rationality is sorely needed

Kaci Hickox rocks. This composed and completely tough-as-nails Maine nurse has moved me to poetry. If America begins cloning anytime soon, use her. Hickox, as most of you know, told Chris Christie...

Could 'functional medicine' put hospitals out of business?

The Cleveland Clinic is aggressively pursuing so-called functional medicine, which would focus more on how patients take care of themselves and would rely less on surgical procedures and other care that is provided inside a hospital.

Hospitals hit CMS hard on rationale for IPPS cuts

Hospitals continue to push back against the 0.2 percent inpatient prospective payment system cut imposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services during the 2014 fiscal year.

Hospitals up in arms over cancer drug distribution changes

Hospitals are in an uproar over Genetech's plan to greatly increase the prices it charges for cancer drugs, Time magazine has reported.

Regulators way behind in policing California's nursing homes

California has a tremendous backlog of complaints on nursing homes due to mismanagement by state regulators, Kaiser Health News has reported.

Price transparency initiative encounters resistance in New York

Both hospitals and payers in New York are worried about a new state-funded study regarding healthcare price transparency, Capital New York has reported.