Healthcare News & Insights

AHA: How feds must reduce burdensome regs for hospitals

Hospitals face many regulatory burdens they must juggle to survive in the current healthcare climate. To lighten the load, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is asking the feds to make changes that would make life easier for facilities. 

6 keys for hospitals to fight opioid abuse

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitals treat over 1,000 patients in the emergency department every day because they’ve misused prescription drugs. And more than 14,000 people die from overdosing on prescription opioids each year. Because of the growing problem of opioid addiction, hospitals are being called upon to do what […] [MORE]

Use patients to improve hospital care: 5 keys

When it comes to improving patient safety and quality, hospitals have the option of creating partnerships with other healthcare providers and community groups. However, facilities can also boost their care by partnering with former patients.

Meeting price transparency demands

Patients are shouldering more of the financial burden of their care, and as a result there’s been a strong push for price transparency in the healthcare industry. Here’s how your hospital can meet the needs of those price-conscious patients. 

AHA’s battle over two-midnight rule rages on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) “two-midnight” rule hasn’t been popular with hospitals since way before it went into effect on Oct. 1, 2013. But now the American Hospital Association (AHA) is challenging the rule by filing two federal lawsuits. 

6 steps to transform your hospital’s bedside care team

As value-based reimbursement models grow in popularity, it will be even more crucial for members of your hospital’s bedside care team to work well together to provide high-quality, efficient patient care.

Key strategies for hospitals treating patients from diverse backgrounds

The country’s population is more diverse than ever. So today’s hospitals face unique challenges when providing care to patients of different ethnicities.

Hospitals rack up billions in uncompensated care costs

Although uncompensated care costs in hospitals have remained relatively stable over the years, they still represent a significant portion of healthcare costs, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA).

RAC audits: AHA calls for a federal investigation

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is imploring the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to investigate the inaccuracy of recovery audit contractors (RACs). 

Obama administration vows to prosecute hospitals for Medicare abuse

If your hospital is using electronic health records to bill for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, watch out. The Obama administration is gunning for facilities and doctors who abuse the privilege.