Healthcare News & Insights

Like all organizations, healthcare organizations are under mounting pressure to cut costs and increase revenue. Read about the top techniques for improving revenue cycle management and getting the most out of a hospital’s budget.

CMS releases final rule on quality payment program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has put out its final rule for its new quality payment program, and your hospital’s providers are going to have to change the way they report quality measures to Medicare. 

Bundled payments: Impact on hospitals, employers & patients

Bundled payments are becoming not just the choice for payors, but for employers and the general public as well. A new survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) shows just how essential it is for hospitals to get on board with this growing reimbursement trend. 

Report: Drug costs on the rise for hospitals

Rising drug prices are making an impact on every aspect of health care, including hospital care. In fact, increased drug costs are straining many facilities’ budgets – even with older brand-name drugs and generics. A new report sheds light on just how expensive some prescriptions have gotten. 

How hospitals can boost profits while providing value

In a climate that’s increasingly focused on value, hospitals must do what they can to stand out from the pack if they want to maintain a healthy level of profit growth and avoid the revenue loss that results from missing the mark on quality. 

3 strategies to save money on hospital drug costs

The cost of prescription drugs is one of the most difficult expenses to manage for many hospitals, and prices are steadily rising – even for generics. To get medication spending under control, facilities must consider unique strategies and solutions. 

New CMS payment rule for 2017: What hospitals can expect

Get ready: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has just released the final rule for next year’s inpatient payment system, and there are several changes that’ll affect your hospital’s reimbursement – including a pending pay cut. 

4 big changes for hospitals in proposed OPPS rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its proposed rule for the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), and there are several changes coming that’ll affect how your facility bills for the services it provides. 

Unique approach to cut healthcare costs: Hospital pays for patient housing

Some hospitals are thinking outside the box to control healthcare costs in the emergency department, particularly for disadvantaged patients who count as “superutilizers” – patients who make multiple visits to the hospital each month for minor issues. One facility’s solution aims to improve patients’ health by improving their socioeconomic standing. 

Most expensive conditions to treat in hospitals: How to respond

In the wake of healthcare reform, healthcare costs are still being closely scrutinized – especially the price tag for hospital stays. A new report sheds light on which conditions and illnesses are the most expensive for hospitals to treat. 

Value-based payments: Are hospitals on track to meet goals?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to distribute 50% of Medicare reimbursement to hospitals and healthcare providers through alternative payment models by 2018. Are hospitals on track to meet this goal? The results of a new survey indicate facilities are having limited success with value-based care. 

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