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Transunion: Patients want clear bills and cost estimates, but few receive them

Patients want more accurate billing and price transparency from their providers, but still don't receive it, according to a new survey by Transunion Healthcare. In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthFinance from this week's HFMA annual conference, Transunion Healthcare President Gerry McCathy discusses the findings 

10 steps in the transition to value-based care

As healthcare providers shift their focus to improving care value, they should take 10 key steps to close the "value loop" and pass that value onto consumers, according to new research announced during the Healthcare Financial Management Association's annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

Nebraska HFMA chapter wins excellence award

The Healthcare Financial Management Association this week awarded the Robert M. Shelton Award to its Nebraska chapter during its annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

For non-Medicaid expansion states, charity care wipes out savings

Cost is the most common reason that states have opted out of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Ac, but new research from Northwestern University finds that those same 21 states face uncompensated care costs roughly equal to what they would have spent on expansion.

AHA raises concerns about proposed changes to Inpatient Prospective Payment System

The American Hospital Association has raised a variety of concerns with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding the proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule for fiscal 2016, AHA News Now has reported.

HFMA's healthcare pricing guide for consumers falls short

In advance of its annual national institute that opened in Orlando on Monday, the Healthcare Financial Management Association has released an update of "Understanding Healthcare Prices: A...

HFMA issues report on reconfiguring healthcare delivery's cost structure

The Healthcare Financial Management Association in a new report said that hospitals and healthcare systems should move beyond cost containment to cost configuration.

Massachusetts bill would cap insurer payments to hospitals

A bill pending in the Massachusetts statehouse would limit how much insurers could pay hospitals within the state to perform the same procedures.

HRSA proposes price ceilings for 340B program

The Health Resources and Services Administration has proposed a new rule that would place a cap on how much drug manufacturers could charge safety-net hospitals participating in the 340B program for drugs intended for outpatient treatment.

Tax exemption worth $24.6B to hospitals in 2011

The nationwide value of tax exemptions for non-profit hospitals has been calculated at $24.6 billion in 2011, nearly double what it was in 2002, according to a new study in the journal Health Affairs.

Chicago hospital cuts down readmissions through discharge clinic

A discharge clinic operated by Chicago's Mercy Hospital & Medical Center has been able to slash readmission rates by about 85 percent,  according to Hospitals & Health Networks Daily.

Louisiana health system claims competitor trying to hijack docs, insured patients

An anti-trust battle is brewing in Shreveport, Louisiana, between the operator of privatized LSU hospitals and a community health system that already has a large market share in the area.

Change will be the primary theme at 2015 HFMA ANI

There are three keynote speakers for this year's Healthcare Financial Management Association's Annual National Institute next week in Orlando, Florida. Their primary focus: The world of healthcare delivery and finance is rapidly shifting beneath everyone's feet. So best be prepared and flexible.

Patient experience big topic at this year's HFMA ANI

HFMA ANI 2015 preview: This year's Healthcare Financial Management Association's annual conference will focus more on the patient experience compared to past events.

Adverse King v. Burwell ruling could cut healthcare spending by $7.5B

If the U.S. Supreme Court returns an adverse ruling in the King v. Burwell case later this month, economists say it could lead to billions in lost healthcare spending, Reuters has reported.

Is St. Luke's dragging its feet on Saltzer unwinding?

Idaho's St. Luke's Health System is apparently taking its sweet time unwinding its acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group after it was ordered dissolved after a successful lawsuit by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which had sued on antitrust grounds.

4 financial challenges for community hospitals

Community hospitals may be on the healthcare industry's endangered species list, with their very survival depending on action on the part of their leaders, reports Becker's Hospital CFO.

Where does healthcare inflation end?

Although the German hyperinflation of the 1920s has faded from the memory of all but historians and economists, it might be worth revisiting given the inflation that continues in the U.S. healthcare...

CMS pays out $1.3 billion to settle disputed RAC claims

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proceeding with its plan to settle disputed recovery audit contractor clawbacks with hospitals, paying 1,900 inpatient facilities a total of $1.3 billion as of the start of this month, the agency announced.

Surprise hospitals bills growing

Despite millions more Americans having insurance under the Affordable Care Act, many still get hit with surprise bills from their carriers, prompting some states to study the phenomenon more closely and respond with legislation.