Healthcare News & Insights

2016 OIG Work Plan: What hospitals need to look for

Do you know where your hospital needs to focus its compliance efforts in the new year? The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released its 2016 Work Plan, and it’s chock full of updates that’ll give facilities an idea of exactly what areas the feds’ll be closely monitoring. 

Why diagnosis coding flaws hurt your bottom line

One of the goals of adopting ICD-10 was to make the information in public health databases about patients more accurate. And judging by a recent analysis, hospitals need to make sure their billing departments are coding all patient diagnoses – or their reimbursement may be in jeopardy. 

What hospitals can learn from latest OIG audit

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) just completed another round of its hospital billing compliance audits. Based on its findings, hospitals can get an idea of what the feds are looking at right now – and how to avoid issues with their own billing and coding.

Administrative costs climbing for hospitals

Administrative costs in health care continue to rise – especially in hospitals. 

More payment transparency is coming, but will it help anyone?

Last month Medicare released its physician payment data to the public. And now, for better or worse, even more cost transparency is coming to the healthcare industry. 

You can teach an old dog new tricks!

Working in the hospital industry, you know how important it is for the elderly to stay mentally and physically active. Here is one gentleman who is doing just that.

Following AHA’s updated billing guidelines protects hospitals, patients

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently updated its billing and collections guidelines in light of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Following them to the letter can help your facility avoid a mess like the University of Minnesota Medical Center has found itself in.

Were this hospital’s billing practices too aggressive?

The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, is in the midst of something your facility never wants to experience.

Hospital’s nursing shortage turns deadly

Under-staffing isn’t just a management problem and a hassle for nurses. A new report shows it can have deadly results.

Cops called on patient for paying doc with pennies

Pro tip: Doctors are stressed enough about their reimbursements. Adding fuel to the fire by paying with coins won’t help anyone.