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A tale of two levels of uncompensated care

It's the best of times and the worst of times for uncompensated care in the United States. Hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reap huge...

Hospital chains getting into urgent care in a big way

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.

Feds want $267M in Medicaid overpayments back from Florida's hospitals

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.

CMS proposes slight uptick in dialysis payments for 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed a modest payment bump to hospital dialysis centers for calendar year 2015.

Better control of blood cell drugs can save hospitals big money

Curbing the use of drugs that stimulate blood cell production can significantly reduce costs at the hospital level, Anesthesiology News reported.

Uncompensated care in Arizona plummets, hospital margins rise

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.

Hospitals should consider new techniques to reduce readmissions

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.

Mass General to screen all patients for substance abuse

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. 

Healthcare spending is unusually slow

Despite fears that healthcare inflation may be on the rise, new economic data suggests just the opposite.

UnitedHealth division rising force in combatting hospital claims denials

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.

Talk past one another and watch healthcare costs inevitably rise

The United States has long been described as a melting pot. A group of volatile chemicals striving to reach the top of a beaker would be more accurate. That is among the reasons that healthcare in...

Academic hospitals struggle with managing cash flow

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.

Medicaid expansion tied to better hospital cost control

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.

CMS delays new RAC contracts

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.

Utah system one of few in nation tracking specific costs

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.

Many hospitals will face steep hospital-acquired infection penalties

Hospitals in many states will face significant penalties for not preventing hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), according to multiple media sources.

Providers use consumer data to profile health risks

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.

S&P: Long-term not-for-profit hospital forecast leaning negative

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.

340B backers say program is sound

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.

Stark price differences between hospitals and outpatient settings

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.