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Healthcare hiring momentum continues to build

Hospital hiring, which stayed mostly stagnant for several years as part of the uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act, has blossomed back to life over the past year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Altarum Health Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending.

Price transparency: Where is it headed?

By Ron Shinkman The proliferation of medical options, the general consumerization of healthcare and higher out-of-pocket costs for patients put a greater demand on providers to be more transparent...

AHA chimes in on clearing up RAC backlog

The American Hospital Association has appealed directly to the chief administrative law judge of the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals to assist in reforming a system currently overloaded with appeals of recoupments made by recovery audit contractors (RAC).

Medicaid pays for 160,000 pre-term births every year

About 160,000 births covered by Medicaid were electively induced before 39 weeks, likely raising the risk of developmental issues in those newborn children and driving up their healthcare costs in the long term, Kaiser Health News reported.

States make headway in keeping super-users out of ERs

Super-users, the patients who make a revolving door of hospital emergency rooms and often lack insurance or even the vaguest social safety net, have been one of the biggest cost burdens in healthcare delivery.

Hospital cost and charge gap grows immensely

The difference between what it costs a hospital to provide a service and what it charges for it--a gap that often confounds and maddens healthcare economists and patients--has widened dramatically since the 1990s, according to a new study by the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy.

Why Ebola treatment is so expensive

Even as the Ebola outbreak begins to ebb, the cost of treating the virus can be as high as $50,000 a day, according to U.S. News & World Report.

AHA wants more changes on new MSSP anti-kickback rules

The American Hospital Association wants the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to loosen its new proposed rules regarding kickback prevention in Medicare accountable care organizations, saying that in some areas it will actually impede the delivery of healthcare services.

PwC releases list of healthcare's biggest challenges in 2015

PwC has released its list of the top issues confronting the healthcare industry in 2015, some of which directly impact healthcare finance.

Moody's: Hospital cash flow growth still at low ebb

Hospital operating cash flow growth was hit hard by the Great Recession, and a new report by Moody's Investor's Service does not expect it to improve anytime soon.

CMS: Healthcare spending growth continues at historic low rate

Healthcare spending in the United States rose 3.6 percent in 2013, according to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and published in the journal Health Affairs.

Are freestanding ERs about access or profit?

Freestanding emergency departments carry high costs despite their benefits, many of which could be achieved through other methods, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

In subsidy battle, too much hand-wringing and not enough analysis

Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided last month it would hear the case of King v. Burwell, my colleagues in the media have been worrying aloud as to whether the Affordable Care Act will be gunned...

Will health disparities drive economic change?

The health of poorer Americans and their access to healthcare services may become a big driver of economic change on the state level, according to Stateline.

Diabetes sends healthcare costs soaring

The rising prevalence of diabetes in the United States is one of the major factors increasing the costs of healthcare services. Altogether, diagnosed cases of diabetes drives the spending of 10 percent of all healthcare dollars, representing about $245 billion a year in 2012, according to a new study in the journal Diabetes Care.

Gallup: Many insured patients skip care due to cost

Millions of insured Americans are foregoing care because they don't believe they can afford to pay their out-of-pocket costs, concludes a new Gallup poll on health coverage.

AHA asks OIG to drop hospital compliance audits

The American Hospital Association and its consitituents continue to vent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General about the use of extrapolation techniques to determine how much hospitals have been overpaid by the Medicare program.

ER visits continue to rise, CDC says

Although some components of the Affordable Care Act aim to discourage use of hospital emergency rooms, patient visits to ERs hit a record in 2011 and are expected to continue to climb.

Public radio stations crowdsource price transparency initiative

A new price transparency effort in California has an unusual source: Two public radio stations, Mainstreet.com reported.

GAO urges review of group purchasing

The Government Accountability Office urged the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration in a new report to assess hospitals' reporting of revenue that they can receive from group purchasing organizations to ensure it does not affect Medicare payments.