Healthcare News & Insights

Hospitals have mixed success with Medicare quality incentives

If your hospital is having trouble meeting Medicare’s new quality standards, you aren’t alone. Many of your peers are, too – and they’re facing some steep financial penalties from the feds.

What hospitals can learn from new HAI penalties

About 700 facilities are getting hit with penalties from the government for not doing enough to cut down on medical errors. And it doesn’t look like the heat will be dying down any time soon. 

Bill could change Medicare payment policies

A new bill pending in the U.S. House of Representatives could bring about some big changes in how hospitals get paid by Medicare in the next few years.

Docs jockey for high HCAHPS scores by overtreating patients

When it comes to keeping patients happy, the mandate for some doctors is simple: never deny a request for an antibiotic, an opioid pain medication, a scan or a hospital admission. 

Hospital using EMRs to maximize Medicare billing?

Are hospitals using electronic medical records (EMR) to bilk Medicare? That depends on who you ask. 

Medicare pegs more than 700 hospitals for poor patient care

Over 750 hospitals nationwide face having their Medicare payments docked by 1% this fall for having the highest rates of infections in the nation. 

Lawmakers to CMS: HRRP doing more harm than good for hospitals

A group of 34 lawmakers on Capitol Hill are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to work with Congress to ensure the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) doesn’t harm hospitals that serve the poor.

Payments on the horizon for advance care planning?

A controversial topic — advance care planning — is being broached again despite opposition from certain groups. 

Medicare pay: Why male docs earn higher salaries

Riddle me this: If men and women are equally paid by Medicare for providing the same service, why do women only make about half as much as their male counterparts in the Medicare system? 

It’s all about transparency: Medicare reveals how much it pays each doctor

On Wednesday, Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary, announced the release of millions of Medicare payment records made to physicians and other healthcare professionals. It’s a part of the Obama administration’s work to make our healthcare system more transparent, affordable and accountable.