A new Government Accountability Office report recommends that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services curtail the financial incentives offered to safety-net hospitals that participate in the 340B drug discount program.
The Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare in Pomona, California, has filed a suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, claiming its backlogged process for resolving Medicare payment disputes has removed sorely needed revenue from its coffers.
The proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule released this week includes a plan to pay physicians that have end-of-life conversations with their patients.
Hospitals are ideally positioned to withstand consolidation in the health insurance industry, according to a report from Fitch Ratings.
Only five states provide consumers with enough healthcare pricing information to make informed decisions, according to the third annual report from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute and Catalyst for Payment Reform.
A redesign of the reimbursement model for hospital emergency departments and uncompensated care would provide incentives to improve emergency care and keep competition robust, argues Christopher Pope, Ph.D., senior advisor at the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center, in a blog post from Health Affairs.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a modest trim to payments to hospitals for outpatient services and to ambulatory care providers for the 2016 calendar year, as well as a slight revision to the two-midnight rule, MedPage Today has reported.
Streamlining the continuity of care among Medicare patients could save the United States hundreds of billions of dollars a year, TheStreet.com has reported.
Crowdfunding continues to take hold as a potential solution for cash-strapped Americans trying to pay for their medical care, the Los Angeles Times has reported. Sites such as Indiegogo have created campaigns specially tailored to people who have personal needs such as paying medical bills, according to the newspaper.
New payment structures conceived as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are prompting hospitals to shift away from treating patients on a case-by-case basis to instead adopt a population health model focusing on chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity, the Philadelphia Inquirer has reported.
Hospital employment had a decent showing in June, adding more than 10,000 jobs during the month, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Advocacy groups want the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to consider housing offered by not-for-profit hospitals as a legitimate community benefit without the current restrictions, AHA News Now has reported.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week proposed an amendment to the broadly unpopular "two-midnight rule" for patients' inpatient and outpatient status.
With unions weakened and management emboldened by shifts in worker demographics in recent decades, organized labor is recalculating how to obtain more leverage in negotiations moving forward, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
The United States Department of Justice and the Michigan Attorney General have filed an antitrust lawsuit against four hospital systems in the Great Lakes State, claiming they entered into agreements to curb their marketing to allocated territories.
The pharmaceutical and medical device industry contributed a shade under $6.5 billion to the nation's teaching hospitals and physicians last year, the Wall Street Journal has reported. That sum includes consulting services, research and promotional speeches about drugs. The money also included non-clinical payments, such as the value of free food provided to doctors by drug and medical device sales representatives.
A new law went into effect in Virginia this week that requires hospitals to inform patients if they are being held on observation status as opposed to being fully admitted as an inpatient.
Hospitals that have made the most progress reducing hospital-acquired infections are also some of the most financially constrained, according to Medscape MultiSpecialty.