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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.

After mid-terms, states may reconsider Medicaid expansion

About half of the states had been staunchly opposed to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but watching billions of federal dollars flow to their neighbors has apparently softened their stance on the matter, Kaiser Health News has reported.

Bay Area hospitals use fuzzy math on community benefits reporting

Where have all the community benefits gone? That's a question asked by the Berkeley, CA-based Greenlining Institute, which recently examined how hospitals in San Francisco were expending their community benefits. Greenlining could not find much of an answer.

Are hospitals being punished by Medicare for treating poor patients?

Medicare may penalize many hospitals for patient readmissions due to circumstances that are beyond their control, according to Forbes contributor Peter Ubel.

Consumer-driven healthcare could help empty hospital beds

The shift toward consumer-driven healthcare could wind up cutting the number of patients receiving care via the hospital inpatient setting by as much as 40 percent over the long term, according to a new report by the Oliver Wyman consulting firm.

CMS clarifies short-stay claims settlement offer

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued an update on its settlement process with providers regarding disputed short-term hospital claims

A dozen fees providers may soon charge patients

Now that hospitals and other providers have become highly invested in nickel-and-diming their patients with fees that have little to do with the care they actually provide (they're also in...

Hospital malpractice costs continue to rise

The average hospital liability claim is approaching $500,000, according to new data from the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.

Providers devise new fees to levy against patients

Challenged by insurers ratcheting down their payments, hospitals and medical groups are creating more fees and charges for patients to pay as part of the care they receive, The New York Times reported.