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. 

Hospital quality measures: What’s CMS planning now?

How are hospitals doing when it comes to meeting certain federal quality measures? Pretty well, according to a new analysis released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). But there’s still work to be done.

Global surgery package to end: How Medicare will pay hospitals

A major change coming down the pipeline from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will likely impact your hospital’s revenue — CMS plans to do away with the global package for all surgical procedures.

Study: Hospitals serving poor, older patients have higher readmissions rates

If your hospital serves a large proportion of poor, older patients, you may be unfairly targeted by new readmissions penalties.

Readmissions penalties set to increase soon: 1 thing hospitals can try to avoid fines

Time’s ticking for hospitals with high readmission rates – Medicare’s upping the ante, increasing the penalties these hospitals will receive on Oct. 1.

How to curb Medicaid ‘super-utilizers’ in hospitals

The feds are placing their focus on cutting healthcare costs, and one specific segment they’re targeting is Medicaid “super-utilizers” who get most of their health needs met in the hospital emergency room setting.

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.

CMS makes hospital billing data public online

A recent decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) means that competing hospitals will now be able to see what your hospital charges for various procedures – and patients will, as well.

Supreme Court ruling affects hospital payment appeals

Bad news: The Supreme Court overturned a ruling that could’ve given hospitals and physicians a bit more breathing room when it comes to appealing payments.

Tavenner to replace Berwick as Medicare Administrator?

Donald Berwick spent his last day as administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Dec. 2, 2011. His term was set to expire Dec. 31, but he chose to resign a  month early.