Healthcare News & Insights

More hospitals to receive Medicare pay cuts

The feds have started to ramp up the penalties for poor patient outcomes. This year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) included some new conditions in its Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction program – and more hospitals will feel the pain in their wallets than ever before. 

Heart attacks: Boosting patients’ chances of survival

Heart attack survival rates are one of the key metrics the feds are watching for hospitals. And with new research suggesting that elderly patients are more likely to survive heart attacks when treated at some facilities instead of others, it’s important for hospitals to make sure they’re among the top performers with outcomes after heart […] [MORE]

Improving elderly patients’ outcomes from hospital stays

Elderly patients often have a difficult time when they’re admitted to the hospital. Even those who initially only have a minor problem are more prone to experiencing a steep decline in health, and that can set the stage for all sorts of issues contributing to their eventual readmission – or death. 

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. 

New study finds physician-owned hospitals aren’t outliers

Physician-owned hospitals (POHs) have gotten a bad rap for years. They’ve been accused of cherry-picking the healthiest patients and leaving the sickest ones for non-POHs. But a new study finds that bad rap may be unwarranted. 

Law will require hospitals to disclose observation status

A new bill making its way through Congress will change how hospitals interact with Medicare patients when they’re admitted under observation. And with nearly unanimous support, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes law. 

Industry pushing for Medicare to cover telemedicine services

If there’s ever been a group of patients who could benefit from having telemedicine added to their care after they’re discharged from the hospital, it would be senior citizens. Physical limitations, as well as transportation issues can keep them from their follow-up appointments which can lead to readmissions. 

Functional impairments in Medicare patients linked to readmissions

You’re probably sick and tired of hearing about hospitals having to reduce readmission rates or be financially penalized. After all, your facility is doing everything it can, right? 

Feds announce value-based payment timeline

It’s not just a vague threat anymore: Value-based payments are coming – and soon.