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The Obama administration wants to advance cancer care--but how will patients pay for it?

Last week the White House announced what it called a "Cancer Moonshot Task Force" to try and double the pace of progress against the disease. The use of the term "moonshot" is...

CMS proposes changes to ACO structure under Medicare Shared Savings Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed a variety of changes to the payments to providers who participate in accountable care organizations under the Medicare Share Savings Program.

HFMA provides accounting guidance for risk-based organizations

The Healthcare Financial Management Association has issued a new white paper that discusses the appropriate accounting guidance for hospitals engaged in risk-sharing arrangements.

Safety-net hospitals suffer in all three big Medicare incentive programs

Hospitals that treated uninsured patients and were more of the provider safety net were significantly more likely to receive financial penalties for patient readmissions than hospitals that treat wealthier patients, a new study finds.

Two Florida providers enjoy huge tax exemptions--even on non-clinical properties

Two acute care providers based in Orlando, Florida, enjoy tens of millions of dollars in tax exemptions due to their non-profit status even though they have purchased many properties that do not provide clinical services, the Orlando Sentinel has reported.

Cancer patients driven into bankruptcy far more likely to die

Cancer is often a deadly disease, but its victims are far more likely to die if the cost of their care drives them into bankruptcy, according to a new study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Hospital boards should put more focus on patient safety

Although hospital boards understand finances, a leading patient safety expert says they lack education about safety issues

Nonprofit hospital CEOs earn more--but don't always deliver better outcomes

Nonprofit hospitals with highly-paid CEOs score better on performance measures overall, but have higher rates of inpatient care complications and inpatient expenses, according to a new report.

AHA urges hospitals to cut administrative tasks, red tape

Hospitals must cut down on paperwork and other bureaucratic exercises that can cause healthcare costs to rise, the American Hospital Association said in a new report. 

Providers need a harder nudge toward alternative payment models

The mostly voluntary aspects of alternative payment models for providers could make it harder for Medicare to reap future savings, according to the former chairman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

Physician assistant follow-up visits can cut cardiac surgery costs, readmissions

Follow-up home visits from a physician's assistant reduced complications and costs associated with cardiac surgery, according to a new study. The visits also led to a drop in the rate of readmissions. 

Uncompensated care cost hospitals $42.8B in 2014

U.S. hospitals spent the equivalent of $42.8 billion in uncompensated care on patients in 2014, accounting for 5.3 percent of all expenses, according to the American Hospital Association.

7 steps to improved healthcare delivery systems

To improve care delivery and achieve the Triple Aim of better care, better health and lower costs, hospitals and healthcare providers should implement several key principles, according to a joint report from two American Hospital Association committees.

The 5 best healthcare jobs for 2016

For the second year in a row, jobs in the healthcare field dominated U.S. News & World Report's ranking of the 100 Best Jobs, occupying six of the top 10 slots.

A comparison of U.S. healthcare news to the overseas equivalent

As part of my work, I spend a lot of time combing through healthcare news stories. I inevitably stumble onto articles about hospitals and healthcare delivery from other parts of the world. I think...

Healthcare job growth begins to slow down; prices remain flat

The healthcare sector--and hospitals in particular--were dynamite for job generation in 2015, but that trend appears to be slowing down, according to data from the Altarum Health Institute for Sustainable Health Spending.

Startup company offers ER care at fraction of hospital costs

A startup company in the Pacific Northwest is offering emergent care visits to patients for the fraction of the price of hospital care.

Report: ACA has made Medicaid coordination, re-enrollment much smoother

A new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation has concluded that the Affordable Care Act  provided most states with significant technological upgrades that allowed them to enroll individuals into Medicaid coverage much more efficiently than in the past. 

Pennsylvania governor vetoes $36 million for critical access hospitals

A budget impasse in Pennsylvania is threatening a half dozen rural facilities in the northeastern and central part of the state.

 

Company insures hospitals against pandemics

An offshore insurance company is offering a new kind of liability coverage for hospitals, indemnifying them against a pandemic or similar outbreaks.