In the Pacific Northwest, the Medicaid program is undergoing a significant expansion, as Oregon reports huge gains in enrollment. Meanwhile, in redder Alaska and Tennessee, expansion is either a non-starter or increasingly unlikely.
Jackson Health System, Southern Florida's biggest public hospital system and a perennial money loser, is now posting a surplus and will soon have close to $1 billion to perform infrastructure improvements, the Miami Herald reported.
The United States is the most expensive country in the world for healthcare, with patients getting for their money longer waits to see a doctor and more red tape than other nations, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey.
Hospitals and physician groups--expecting a rise in the number of patients with high-deductible health insurance plans--are coming up with strategies to ensure they receive payment for providing services for scheduled or elective surgeries. Among the most popular options: Collecting cash upfront and enrolling patients in payment plans, according to the Chicago Tribune.
n the second year of the the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' value-based purchasing program, the number of hospitals that will lose payments still outstrips the number that will receive bonus payments by a wide margin.
As Pennsylvania's policymakers struggle with a decision to expand its Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, the Keystone State is facing a potential cut of $325 million in funding next year, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
California has no limit in the amounts hospitals can bill for services. But Maryland's Health Services Cost Review Commission caps hospital bills. The result: Stark differences in charges but little variation in profit margins, according to the Huffington Post.
Hospitals that have initial higher prices for the care they provide are more likely to receive higher payments from the Medicare program for so-called "outlier" care, according to an Office of the Inspector General report.
The 36 states that rely on HealthCare.gov to transmit their residents' applications to Medicaid could wind up delaying their enrollment, Politico reported.
To bring healthcare costs under control, the healthcare sector must focus on the minority of hospitals responsible for the majority of excess costs, a blog post from the Harvard Business Review argues.
Most large hospital systems are compensating their executives based on long-term incentive (LTI) plans, according to a new healthcare compensation study.
Towns or regions with only one hospital face potential devastation if that facility should close, according to U.S. News &World Report.
Massachusetts is one of the first states in the nation to pass a price transparency law for consumers, but a recent test drive of the legislation is far from consumer friendly, Kaiser Health News reported.
The Obama administration is calling out leaders in a variety of states that have refused to expand Medicaid coverage, claiming they are making a political statement at the expense of the health of its constituents, Politico reported.
Despite ongoing reports of hospitals engaging in mass layoffs around the nation in anticipation of the January 2014 implementation of the Affordable Care Act, federal statistics tell a story of a sector that is continuing to grow.
An influential labor union is attempting to curb both what California hospitals charge patients and what they pay their chief executive officers.
Hospitals in states not expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are beginning to acknowledge the fiscal difficulties they will face once disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts kick in next year, the New York Times reported.
Although Americans seeking individual commercial policies have had trouble navigating the federally operated HealthCare.gov website and even some of the state health insurance exchanges, those seeking Medicaid coverage are experiencing opposite fortunes