Florida between a rock and hard place on Medicaid

Florida's hospitals stand to lose up to $1.3 billion in federal funds to shore up its Medicaid program after a supplemental fund used to leverage those payments is set to terminate later this year.

Hospitals in Maine, NJ face tax exemption battles

Legislation pending in Maine and an ongoing legal battle in New Jersey could wind up undoing some tax exemptions for not-for-profit hospitals.

CDC: Hospital-acquired infections in widespread decline

Hospitals made widespread gains in reducing the rates of infections acquired within their facilities, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

AHA asks MedPAC for 3.2 percent pay bump in fiscal 2016

The American Hospital Association has asked the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to act on a draft proposal that it bump up in acute care hospital inpatient and outpatient payments by 3.2 percent in fiscal 2016, AHA News Now reported.

Workplace wellness--or else

The workplace wellness movement has been rolling along for some years, but recently delivered to employees a new twist: Wellness...or else.

Calif. law effective at curbing hospital charges to uninsured

A 2006 California law intended to cap what uninsured patients would have to pay for treatment at hospitals has resulted in lower charges for them overall, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.

Schumer to sponsor renewal of rural hospital aid programs

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is pushing to renew two federal grants to rural hospitals set to expire at the end of March, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.

Trinity forms risk-based partnership as subsidiary acquires bankrupt system

Trinity Health is continuing its trend of acquisitions, forming a risk-based accountable care partnership with Heritage Provider Network while a provider it acquired in December arranges to absorb a Connecticut-based provider.

The 5 best healthcare jobs for 2015

Jobs in the healthcare field topped U.S. News & World Report's ranking of 2015's 100 best jobs.

Consolidation in healthcare will continue in 2015

The healthcare industry will continue its trend toward consolidation in 2015, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service.

Hospitals continue to grow payrolls

Hospitals are continuing to hire staff, adding 7,000 new jobs to their ranks during the month of December, according to recently released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Revenue cycle management sector expected to boom

The task of revenue cycle management (RCM) will be one of the fastest growing segments of healthcare delivery in the coming years, but hospitals will likely outsource it more often, Beckers Hospital CFO has reported.

Hospital cost-cutting initiatives are often hit and miss

Hospitals throughout the country almost always focus their efforts on cutting costs and improving their bottom lines, often prodded to do so by insurers, employers and government officials. But initiatives to do so are not always as cut and dried.

Congress mulls bill to improve complex care for pediatric Medicaid patients

Congress will mull legislation that would make it far easier for providers to coordinate the special needs care of pediatric enrollees in the Medicaid program. If passed into law, the bill would save the Medicaid program on the federal and state level as much as $13 billion over 10 years.

Economist: Slow growth in healthcare spending is likely here to stay

Rising healthcare costs have been haunting both the sector and individual Americans for decades, but what if the recent slowdown in increases is actually permanent? That's the argument of Temple University economics professor Tom E. Getzen, who also serves as executive director of the International Health Economics Association.

Healthcare finance through the class divide

If you want the ethos of the ivory tower's upper floors laid bare, Robert Pear's recent ironic New York Times article does the trick. A significant swath of the Harvard University faculty is...

Success in provider-led health plans is often elusive

According to a new report by McKinsey & Co., hospital systems looking to replicate some of the 1990s-era successes of Intermountain Healthcare, Geisinger or University of Pittsburgh Medical Center should note that market conditions have to be all but perfect for them to succeed.

Hospital execs, board split on how to drive ACA-related adaption

Hospital executives and hospital boards have both accepted the need for change as a consequence of the Affordable Care Act, but whether that will happen anytime soon remains to be seen

Healthcare finance: What's in store for 2015

Price transparency, patient finances and growth will likely be the big stories in 2015.

Women struggle to pay for medical care more often than men

While many Americans have trouble paying for their healthcare, women find it especially hard.