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Oct. 23—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will invest $840 million over the next four years to will provide up to $840 million over the next four years to support the adoption, development, and sharing of quality improvement strategies that could improve patient health and reduce healthcare costs.
Oct. 23—All hospitals have been advised to prepare for possible Ebola cases, but the costs and funding of that preparation remain uncertain.
Oct. 23—This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the proposed methodology for determining federal funding for the Basic Health Program in 2016.
Oct. 22—Hospitals switching to a for-profit status were able to improve their bottom lines, but not at the cost of reduced quality or patient outcomes, according to a new study.
Oct. 21—About 9 in 10 of the uninsured are unaware that the second open enrollment season for purchasing coverage on the government-run health insurance marketplaces begins in less than four weeks, according to a new poll.
Oct. 20—Hospital advocates took aim at the increasingly common practice of issuing far-reaching federal rule changes without notice.
Oct. 17—A variety of mistakes in the treatment of several Ebola case are drawing increased congressional scrutiny of hospitals and some calls for federal mandates.
Oct. 17—The six-month average job gain in health care by October was 26,000, about 50 percent higher than the 17,500 average over the previous 12 months ending in March 2014, according to the Altarum Institute.
Oct. 16—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) offered new and existing accountable care organizations (ACOs) $114 million to include care for rural and low-income Medicare beneficiaries.
Oct. 15—Enrollees in plans sold through the federally run health insurance marketplace will begin receiving renewal notices this week, although their access to information regarding the new premiums will be delayed until after the mid-term elections.
Oct. 14—The share of private insurance payments that are "value-oriented" leapt to 40 percent among respondents in an ongoing national scorecard.
Oct. 9—WellPoint Inc. has a bigger geographic footprint than any other private health insurer in the United States, according to a study of health insurer competition by the American Medical Association (AMA). The study found that WellPoint, soon to be renamed Anthem Inc., was the largest health insurer by market share in 82 of 388 metropolitan areas examined by the AMA.
Oct. 9—Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles for 2015 will remain the same as the past two years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Thursday. For the 49 million people enrolled in Medicare Part B, this will mean premiums and deductibles of $104.90 and $147, respectively.
Oct. 8—Medicare patients seeking outpatient care at critical access hospitals (CAHs) are paying significantly more than beneficiaries at acute care hospitals, a government watchdog agency found. And policy changes are needed to reduce what those rural patients pay.
Oct. 7—New research that concluded hospitals are using a drug discount program to boost activity in wealthier areas had numerous shortcomings, including an inability to account for other factors driving hospitals’ outpatient expansions, hospital advocates said.
Oct. 6—Hospitals’ latest guidance on meeting FY15 reporting requirements for the electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use program came the day the latest mandate went into effect, but hospital advocates say the new guidelines are ambiguous and make the program even more complex.
Oct. 3—California enacted a new law this week to tighten oversight of narrow network plan in government-run marketplaces, among other access issues.
Oct. 2—Hospitals will face $8 million more in FY15 penalties for readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions than previously estimated, according to a report on the corrected projections that were released this week by Medicare.
Oct. 2—Amid the first U.S. diagnosis of the deadly Ebola virus, public health and hospital experts are urging that facilities take steps to prepare for additional cases.
Oct. 1—A hostile Congress will need to reauthorize funding for the financial backstop for insurers selling plans in the new government-run marketplaces, according to a nonpartisan congressional scorekeeper.
Sept. 30—Despite a massive proposed settlement of claims flagged by Medicare auditors, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) credited them with saving the program $3 billion in FY13.
Sept. 27—As the Obama administration reportedly mulls limits on the use of narrow provider networks, state Medicaid directors are pushing back.
Sept. 25—Hospitals could save $5.7 billion in uncompensated care costs this year as previously uninsured Americans gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Sept. 24—More than two-thirds of not-for-profit hospitals say inpatient utilization was flat or declined in the first six months of 2014, while 72 percent experienced an increase in outpatient utilization, according to a Kaufman Hall survey.
Sept. 24—Healthcare IT’s costs, lack of interoperability, and lack of funding or ROI were the leading challenges to itsr use by accountable care organizations (ACOs), a new survey found.
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Amy Amick, president, revenue cycle management, and William Davis, vice president, revenue cycle advisory solutions, both with MedAssets, share insights on the industry and techniques to drive sustainable performance improvement.
Eric Ward, president and CEO, Parallon Revenue Cycle Services, discusses key trends in revenue cycle management and factors providers should consider when partnering to advance their revenue cycle performance.
Doug Festermaker, managing partner and executive vice president of health care, Warbird Consulting Partners, shares strategies to leverage outsourced CFO expertise to lead special projects or fill interim roles while recruiting is underway.
Lisa Schneider, CFA, managing director, non-profits & healthcare systems at Russell Investments, offers insights on today’s asset management environment and what to look for when working with a solutions provider to optimize a healthcare organization’s portfolio strategy and manage risk.
Todd W. Lillibridge, president and CEO of Lillibridge Healthcare Services Inc., and executive vice president of medical property operations at Ventas, discusses trends in healthcare real estate strategy and key considerations when choosing a partner for managing a healthcare organization's service and capital needs.
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