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NY hospitals don't know how to use funds for Medicaid patient admissions

New York hospitals will receive millions of dollars in funding to cut down on avoidable Medicaid patient admissions. The only problem: executives at many organizations have no idea what to do with the money, according to a survey released Monday by KPMG.

TX physicians create cash-only practices for uninsured

In Texas, which has millions of uninsured residents, doctors and patients increasingly rely on a cash-based finance model--a system that appears to work for both parties, according to the Texas Tribune.

NH judge rules state's bed tax unconstitutional

A judge in New Hampshire has ruled the state hospital tax, which it uses to raise matching federal funds for the Medicaid program, is unconstitutional, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.

Effect of rural hospital closures lingers in communities

Rural hospitals are struggling across the United States, but when they close, it deprives their communities of both jobs and ongoing business development, Marketplace Radio reported.

A new era of hospital C-suite recruitment

More hospitals compensate CEOs based on quality of care and patient outcomes, while fewer organizations hire executives with previous healthcare experience, according to a recently published opinion piece by Mary Grayson, editorial director of the publication Hospitals & Health Networks.

Bipartisan Policy Center tackles long-term care financing

As the U.S. population ages in the coming decades, it will increase demand on long-term care services, and many questions remain about how to finance a viable system, according to a report from the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Are hospitals fudging charity care numbers?

Many hospitals may not need the fiscal benefits of providing and reporting charity care, according to 100Reporters.

CA hospitals overbilled Medicare by $367M

California's hospitals received overpayments from the Medicare program that totaled nearly $367 million in 2012, primarily for inpatient services, the San Francisco Business Times reported.

Physicians, specialty groups warn released CMS data lacks context

Many specialty groups, such as the American Medical Association, and individual physicians object to the federal government's release of data on doctors' Medicare payments.

Medicare doc data reveals million-dollar earners

One doctor earned nearly $21 million in 2012 from Medicare, according to an Associated Press analysis of the physician payment database that the Obama administration made available to the public early Wednesday.

Report: Retail clinics expected to continue rapid growth

The number of retail clinics across the United States is expected to reach 3,000 by next year, according to a new study by the consulting firm Accenture.

To think I buried the truth of the ACA on Mulberry Street!

(With endless apologies to Theodore S. Geisel and his family) When I leave home for work, The Truth of the ACA Always says to me, "Ron, keep your eyelids up And see what you can see."...

Fitch: ICD-10 delay could help hospital finances

ICD-10, the oft-criticized initiative to greatly expand the number of billing codes used by providers, has been delayed for yet another year, a move that is likely to benefit not-for-profit hospitals.

Ohio hospitals offer patient loan programs

Some Ohio hospitals provide loans to patients struggling to meet their insurance deductibles or co-payments, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Are 8-figure hospital exec salaries the latest trend?

Once unheard of, eight-figure salaries may soon be the "new normal" for some healthcare executives, according to Crain's New York Business.

Report urges price transparency action

The time is ripe to push more healthcare price transparency reforms, a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress concludes.

OIG claims NJ hospital overbilled Medicaid by $19M

New Jersey overbilled the Medicaid program by as much as $22 million in 2007, and the hospital responsible for the bulk of overpayments is trying to quickly distance itself from the issue, according to NJ.com.

Tech advances often hike patient costs

Even small advances in medical technology can cause steep increases in out-of-pocket costs to patients, the New York Times reported.

Proposed House resolution would slash $2.9 trillion in healthcare spending

The House Budget Committee voted this week to approve a budget resolution that would reduce government spending by over $5 trillion over a decade, according to AHA News.

Hospital-operated dialysis units dwindle

Fewer hospitals are running their own dialysis units, as changes to the business model have made the practice less lucrative, Crain's Chicago Business reports.