Healthcare News & Insights

Supreme Court rules in favor of health reform law

Here’s some good news for hospitals, particularly those that treat many Medicaid patients, or patients with healthcare exchange plans: The Supreme Court just ruled in favor of keeping federal subsidies for health insurance intact.  

5 healthcare trends to watch in ACA’s fifth year

Believe it or not, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is turning 5 this year. The healthcare reform law has drastically changed the climate for hospitals – and more changes are coming.

Loss of ACA subsidies could affect hospitals’ bottom line

Hospitals have had to weather many changes due to healthcare reform. Now, a case being argued before the Supreme Court may alter one of the key features of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): healthcare subsidies. And the changes could have a drastic effect on how hospitals do business.

Hospitals show gains in patient safety rates

All the effort hospitals have been putting into improving patient safety is paying off, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

8 rules to navigate new healthcare landscape

Hospital executives have many concerns to address. One of the biggest ones is: How can my facility survive with all the healthcare delivery changes coming down the pipeline?

HHS: Expanding Medicaid under healthcare reform will save hospitals billions this year

The financial picture is looking better for hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Reason: The cost of uncompensated care for those hospitals is likely to go down by billions of dollars this year. 

Emerging trend: Hospitals are paying patients’ insurance premiums

Extending charity care to patients is nothing new for hospitals. But with the changes brought about by healthcare reform, some hospitals are going the extra mile and actually covering patients’ premiums for their insurance.

More insured patients = Higher pay for safety-net hospitals

Safety-net hospitals that are located in states that expanded Medicaid coverage under Obamacare are seeing some huge benefits — fewer uninsured patients and increased revenue. 

Proposed rule takes the edge off looming hospital funding cuts

Hospitals worried about how looming Affordable Care Act requirements may affect their budgets are getting a bit of a reprieve with a new proposed rule affecting federal funding.

Hospitals explore bundled care: Does one price fit all?

With accountable care organizations (ACOs) being all the rage these days under the Affordable Care Act, some hospitals are partnering with insurers in some innovative ways to promote pricing transparency with patient care.