While for-profit hospital chains fight reimbursement cuts tied to the Affordable Care Act and high levels of uncompensated care in states that do not expand Medicaid eligibility, delivery of care at a less complex level could wind up being their salvation, The Motley Fool reported.
The federal government is seeking a huge payback in Medicaid overpayments from Florida's hospitals and wants it all this year, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed a modest payment bump to hospital dialysis centers for calendar year 2015.
Curbing the use of drugs that stimulate blood cell production can significantly reduce costs at the hospital level, Anesthesiology News reported.
After months of political battles to expand Medicaid eligibility, Arizona hospitals are finally reaping the benefits: a dramatic drop in the level of uncompensated care.
Knowing patients and their families on a personal level, building a comprehensive discharge team and streamlining the discharge process are among the best ways for hospitals to cut down on readmissions and reduce costs, according to the Gallup Business Journal.
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston will undertake an unusual new process in order to save money: screening all patients for potential drug abuse, according to the Boston Globe.
Despite fears that healthcare inflation may be on the rise, new economic data suggests just the opposite.
UnitedHealth is best known for being the 800-pound gorilla of health insurers. But it also operates a sizable business in getting hospitals higher payments from the Medicare program, the New York Times reported.
Academic hospitals often provide cutting-edge care and research, but they also have to pay the bills, a sometimes vexing task when cash is left on the table due to outdated claims management systems.
Hospitals costs in Ohio are more in check as a result of expanding Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. And the greater financial stability may push other states to join in the act soon, the Associated Press reported.
A legal entanglement involving the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and one of its recovery audit contractors has delayed the awarding of new RAC contracts, AHA News Now reported.
How much does it cost for a hospital to treat a single patient and apply that experience elsewhere? That is a mystery a Utah hospital system wants to crack, Kaiser Health News reports.
Hospitals in many states will face significant penalties for not preventing hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), according to multiple media sources.
Some healthcare providers use publicly available data to profile their patients and create a risk score based on their purchase, according to Bloomberg Business Week.
The nation's hospitals have been tremendously flexible in adjusting to how the Great Recession roiled their finances, but they are still facing long-term declines in patient volume and other challenges to their bottom lines.
The 340B drug program has not gone off the rails and continues to provide crucial therapeutic and financial support for not-for-profit hospitals. That was the assertion made by the chief executive officer of Safety Net Hospitals for Pharmaceutical Access (SNHPA) at the Healthcare Financial Management Association's (HFMA) annual conference in Las Vegas earlier this week.
There is an often significant price difference between common procedures performed at hospitals versus at a physician's office or in outpatient surgery centers, according to two new studies.