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Healthcare News of Note: CDC urges healthcare providers to boost flu, COVID-19 and RSV vaccinations, and some hospitals require masking as respiratory illnesses spread

Over the past few weeks, I have found these recent industry news stories that should be of interest to healthcare finance professionals. 1. CDC urges providers to boost flu, COVID-19 and RSV immunizations; mask mandates return for some healthcare facilities   “As the new year takes off, CDC continues to track the rise of JN.1…

Deborah Filipek January 12, 2024

Recent updates and emerging best practices for ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings Program

Going into the 12th year since it brought accountable care into the healthcare lexicon, the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) continues to evolve, with CMS making changes and participants fine-tuning best practices. Starting with 220 accountable care organizations (ACOs) in 2012-13, the MSSP grew to 561 in 2018. However, the number has been below 500…

Nick Hut January 9, 2024

Experts forecast a busy year for healthcare M&A even with changes to regulatory oversight

A more exacting system for regulatory reviews is a factor in the short-term outlook for healthcare mergers and acquisitions. New M&A guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) add a wrinkle to the process of consummating deals, especially in the short term as the parties adjust to the…

Nick Hut January 4, 2024

2024 outlook: Hospitals can expect a steadier year financially, but key questions loom

Although the past year brought more stability for the not-for-profit hospital sector, analysts foresee 2024 as a pivotal period in determining the viability of individual organizations. Fitch Ratings continues to describe the sector’s outlook as “Deteriorating.” In a year-end report, the credit-rating agency said downgrades of hospitals and health systems in 2023 had outpaced upgrades…

Nick Hut December 22, 2023

No Surprises Act end-of-year update: A new administrative fee is set, and the arbitration portal is fully functional

Bringing out-of-network payment disputes to arbitration under the No Surprises Act in 2024 will be less expensive than previously described. In a final rule, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and Treasury set the administrative fee for using the independent dispute resolution (IDR) portal at $115 per case, effective 30 days…

Nick Hut December 20, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: What topics did healthcare finance professionals find of most interest in 2023?

Workforce issues drew the most engagement in HFMA’s Healthcare News of Note blog Three of the 10 most-read Healthcare News of Note blog posts of 2023 were workforce-related, making it the No. 1 topic sparking blog readers’ interest. Those stories were: 7 stories round out the top 10 of 2023 Additional topics that piqued reader…

Deborah Filipek December 20, 2023

HFMA strategy session highlights challenges and opportunities for healthcare finance leaders: payer relations, supply costs, AI and more

The legacy healthcare provider’s position in the industry could grow tenuous if leaders don’t respond boldly and strategically to ongoing trends, according to insights recently presented to HFMA leaders. “We’re at a crossroads right now,” Ashraf Shehata, principal and U.S. national sector leader for healthcare and life sciences with KPMG, said in November during a…

Nick Hut December 19, 2023

New data on national healthcare spending highlights the constraints facing hospitals

Recently published 2022 data indicates relatively restrained national healthcare spending as the COVID-19 pandemic faded, especially in the hospital sector. The increase in spending on hospital services slowed from 4.5% in 2021 to 2.2% in 2022, CMS actuaries reported Dec. 13 in Health Affairs. The increase was significantly less than in 2020 (6.2%) and the…

Nick Hut December 18, 2023

House passes bill to codify healthcare price transparency, expand site-neutral payment

The hospital industry saw reason for both relief and disappointment this week after a bill designed to promote price transparency took a major step toward becoming law. The House on Dec. 11 passed H.R. 5378, also known as the Lower Costs, More Transparency Act, by a 320-71 vote. Along with cementing price transparency as the…

Nick Hut December 12, 2023

Moody’s sees potential positive RCM impact from AI

Ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service has joined other industry players in identifying ways artificial intelligence can create efficiencies in revenue cycle management. The growing use of the technology potentially could bring accounts receivable balances down and minimize write-offs of past-due balances, according to the three authors of a report published in the company’s “Healthcare Quarterly”…

Paul Barr, MS, MBA December 11, 2023
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