Blog | Coronavirus
HHS should send out the upcoming Provider Relief Fund distribution as quickly as possible and offer flexibility in the ongoing reporting process, hospital groups said.
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Blog | Coronavirus
Medicare beneficiaries will owe nothing out of pocket for receiving an authorized booster dose, and the same applies to almost all Medicaid beneficiaries and most commercial health plan members.
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Blog | Technology
A report issued by the federal government finds many hospitals struggling to exchange data electronically with public health agencies.
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News | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
The number of M&A transactions involving hospitals and health systems remained at historically low levels, but the average revenue involved was far higher than in recent years.
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News | Staff Development
Learn more about HFMA’s Premium Facilitated Learning — a new line of courses — that combine self-directed study with expert facilitation in this Q&A with HFMA’s Sue Spear, director of Digital Learning and Todd Nelson, director of Partner R...
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News | Strategic Planning
A recent survey finds healthcare providers working to ensure their strategic planning incorporates key trends, spurring innovations in care delivery models.
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News | Patient Financial Communications
A newly issued federal rule on surprise billing includes regulations designed to improve price transparency for self-pay patients.
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News | Cost Effectiveness of Health
The head of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation spoke with an HFMA audience about the importance of efforts at the federal level and beyond to improve the cost effectiveness of health.
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News | Health Plan Payment and Reimbursement
A new rule establishes a process for resolving payment disputes between health plans and hospitals when regulations on surprise billing begin in 2022.
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News | Leadership
Danielle Gori, president of HFMA’s South Carolina Chapter, talks about how the diversity and inclusion initiative came about and the chapter’s plans for it.
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News | Coronavirus
Mayo Clinic’s Sean C. Dowdy shares best practices healthcare professionals can use to stay safe while traveling and attending live events, and he discusses what Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 modeling shows for Olmsted County in Minnesota.
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News | Price Transparency
Niall Brennan, a leading expert on healthcare cost drivers, is among the skeptics who doubt the ongoing price transparency push can result in a more efficient system.
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News | Cost of Care
A new report issued by a leading health plan is the latest sign that hospitals and health systems can expect payers to ramp up implementation of site-neutral payments.
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News | Billing and Collections
A new rule from HHS sets forth the maximum penalty for violations of new patient-billing regulations that take effect Jan. 1, 2022.
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News | Coronavirus
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $25.5 billion in upcoming distributions from the Provider Relief Fund.
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News | Cost Effectiveness of Health
HFMA President and CEO Joe Fifer participated in an international summit that included a session on bolstering health through appropriate investment strategies.
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News | Medicare Payment and Reimbursement
The Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund is on course to run out of money by 2026, and that assessment wasn’t the only concerning part for hospitals in a new government report.
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News | Patient Access
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: Expectations for convenient access to care in the pandemic era, a look at ICU bed use across the U.S., and the cost of hospitalizations among...
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News | Leadership
HFMA’s 2021 Leadership Training Conference took place July 25-27 in Orlando. For the first time, chapter leaders could attend either in person or virtually.
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News | Financial Leadership
HFMA members Amanda Verner Thompson and Vasanta Pundarika named to ABF Journal’s 2021 Top Women in Asset-Based Lending. Seven HFMA members have new positions.
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News | Leadership
HFMA announces the winners and runners-up of the Association's Helen Yerger/L. Vann Seawell Best Article Award for outstanding editorial achievement in hfm magazine in fiscal year 2020-2021.
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News | Medicare Payment and Reimbursement
A roundup of the top news affecting healthcare finance professionals.
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News | Revenue Cycle
Three winners of HFMA’s 2021 MAP Award share their innovative and effective strategies to build a strong revenue cycle amid uncertainty.
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News | Artificial Intelligence
Healthcare organizations can improve the impact of AI applications by making proprietary data more widely available, according to insights shared during a workshop on using AI to advance health equity.
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News | Coronavirus
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: Hospital-at-home can be part of a pandemic playbook, most Americans believe nurses are underpaid, and healthcare is second to technology for ...
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News | Coronavirus
Here's why HFMA will require that everyone on-site at the Annual Conference in Minneapolis provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
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News | Telemedicine
Widespread certification for telehealth could encourage policymakers to retain the waivers that have promoted expanded virtual access, industry experts say.
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News | Financial Leadership
Participation in HFMA volunteer leadership roles offers the opportunity to enhance the benefits, products and services provided to HFMA members and healthcare financial professionals across the country.
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News | Healthcare Business Trends
June was a promising month in terms of hospital financial performance, but the delta variant of the coronavirus threatens to reverse many of the gains.
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News | Coronavirus
New insights illustrate the precise impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospital clinical operations.
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News | Operations and Other Technology
The need for better interoperability between hospitals and public health entities is a crucial lesson of the COVID-19 pandemic, a public health official testified to a Senate committee.
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News | Care Process Redesign
A Medicare waiver issued in late 2020 has spurred more health systems to implement home-care programs for acute conditions.
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News | Accountable Care Organizations
Accountable care organizations stand to benefit from a new bill that would increase investment funding and make changes to federal ACO programs, several executives said.
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News | Strategic Planning
At the 2021 Not-for-Profit Health Care Investor Conference, health system executives and industry thought leaders described how hospitals are evolving to meet the needs of communities.
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News | Payment Models
Healthcare industry stakeholders can expect a new approach to how federal payment models are formulated, as a newly released rule for Medicare coverage of kidney care illustrates.
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News | Finance and Business Strategy
The three-hour virtual preview of the Annual Conference, including a look at the educational tracks, key speakers and other attractions, is available on-demand.
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News | Billing and Collections
In a development that many healthcare stakeholders have awaited for months, four federal agencies on Thursday, July 1 released new regulations prohibiting surprise billing in many scenarios.
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News | Revenue Cycle
Presented this year as part of HFMA’s Annual Conference Virtual Preview, the MAP Awards honored organizations that used innovative and effective strategies to achieve excellence in revenue cycle performance in 2020-21.
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News | Payment Reimbursement and Managed Care
An under-the-radar aspect of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act involved hospital eligibility for the 340B program, an industry expert says.
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News | Strategic Planning
Results of HFMA's Outlook Survey show that the healthcare industry is still coping with the challenges of COVID-19 but has started to adapt to a post-pandemic future.
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News | Healthcare Reform
Hospital advocates applauded a Supreme Court ruling June 17 that left the Affordable Care Act in place.
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News | Claims Adjudication
UHC had announced this week that it would evaluate claims starting July 1 to determine whether ED visits were for emergent or nonemergent events.
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News | Claims Adjudication
In a move strongly opposed by provider associations, UnitedHealthcare soon will start denying coverage of ED care that it deems to have been nonemergent.
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News | Payment Models
Fee-for-service came under fire during a workshop in which prominent healthcare industry experts spoke of ways to achieve better integration of financing and care delivery.
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News | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
New types of provider-payer associations place an emphasis on increasing the value of healthcare rather than merely offering cost savings.
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News | Population Health Management
By reducing wasteful spending, the U.S. healthcare industry would have an easier time funding some of the changes needed to support whole-person health, industry experts said at a conference on how to optimize healthcare financing.
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News | Financial Leadership
Iowa HFMA program chairs share how they planned and hosted the Chapter’s first hybrid post-pandemic event, providing attendees the option to attend either in person or virtually.
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News | Medicare Payment and Reimbursement
Recent healthcare finance and policy news included the release of the proposed rule for the FY22 Inpatient Prospective Payment System.
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News | Healthcare Reform
Leading Democrats in the House and Senate sent out a request for information to healthcare stakeholders, seeking input as they look to establish a public option for health insurance.
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News | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
During a recent Senate hearing, a hospital advocate responded to criticism of consolidation stemming from mergers among hospitals and hospital acquisitions of physician practices.
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News | Telemedicine
A congressional hearing featured testimony about why fee-for-service is not a viable way to fund a Medicare telehealth expansion.
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The American Society of Business Publication Editors honored the editorial team behind HFMA’s hfm magazine, e-newsletters, online content and “Voices in Healthcare Finance” podcast with five national awards.
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News | Financial Leadership
HFMA’s first Cost Effectiveness of Health Summit drove home the urgency of improving how healthcare dollars are spent.
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News | Accountable Care Organizations
Healthcare provider organizations are petitioning the Biden administration to slow recently finalized quality-related changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
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News | Coronavirus
A continuing drop in hospital job numbers, President Biden’s plans for the ACA and how COVID-19 affected stroke care during the pandemic are all topics covered in this week’s Healthcare News of Note.
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News | Strategic Planning
In a survey of hospital strategic planners, larger health systems were substantially more likely to report that their volumes had reached or exceeded pre-COVID-19 levels.
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News | Financial Leadership
HFMA’s First Illinois Chapter teams up with other Region 7 chapters to convert its annual CHFP practicum into a virtual region-wide event.
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News | Staff Development
Amy Assenmacher challenges Spectrum Health revenue cycle employees to earn HFMA certification. Peg Burnette and Jeff Hurst selected for new CFO positions.
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News | Accounting and Financial Reporting
Passage of Medicare in 1965 would have a profound effect on the American Association of Hospital Accounting, resulting in a change of name and direction for the Association.
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News | Medicare Payment and Reimbursement
News briefs for May include recoupment of Medicare advance payments, a potential issue with hospitals' 340B eligibility, and more.
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News | Value-Based Payment
The director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation is conducting a “strategic refresh” of the agency to consider how the healthcare industry’s transition to value can be improved.
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News | Telemedicine
In a confirmation hearing for prospective CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, various members of the Senate Finance Committee expressed their hope to implement a permanent expansion of Medicare telehealth coverage.
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News | Price Transparency
CMS guidance on making price transparency information searchable, a correlation between job loss and nurse suicides and using incentives to move hospitals away from just-in-time PPE inventories are all topics covered in this week’s Healthca...
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News | Coronavirus
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles, including mandated vaccines for healthcare workers, a delay to Medicare payment cuts and the higher costs of ED visits that involve surprise ...
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News | Price Transparency
The bipartisan leadership of a congressional committee is urging HHS to enforce price transparency rules more stringently.
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News | Cost of Care
Healthcare leaders will begin collaborating on how to address the industry’s continuous spending growth and work toward a more sustainable future during HFMA's virtual Cost Effectiveness of Health Summit May 6-7.
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News | Telemedicine
Virtual-care capacity represents a better investment for healthcare providers than brick-and-mortar expansions, according to a Wall Street analyst.
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News | Coronavirus
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles, including wealthier hospitals prospering despite COVID-19, oncologists seeing more new advanced-stage cancer patients and the burden of prior...
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News | Behavioral Health
Enhanced network adequacy standards, value-based payment models and targeted investments in technology are vital to improving behavioral healthcare in a way that will meet escalating needs.
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News | Charity Care
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles, including a reduction in charity care in 2020 due to fewer patients, a review of physician burnout and moral injury data, and what early adop...
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News | Leadership Skills Development
A plan foiled by COVID-19 became an educational opportunity for the Metropolitan New York Chapter in late 2020.
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News | Medicare Payment and Reimbursement
The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law March 11, could lead to a significant reduction in Medicare revenues if Congress does not act.
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News | Staff Development
HFMA member Ronald J. Kintz retires and now teaches part-time at the University of Miami; we remember two members who died in 2020. Other members take on new jobs.
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News | Cost of Care
HFMA’s director of professional practice and clinical relationships discusses the importance of the Association’s Cost Effectiveness of Health event.
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News | Cost of Care
One witness at a hearing of a House subcommittee touted price transparency as an essential tool for addressing healthcare costs.
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News | Coronavirus
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles, including hospitals waiting on COVID-19 relief funds, HHS postponing implementation of the SUNSET rule and confirmation of a new HHS assistan...
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News | Medicare Payment and Reimbursement
Hospitals and health systems urgently need Congress to extend the freeze on the 2% Medicare payment sequester, industry leaders said.
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News | Cost of Care
If site-neutral payments were implemented throughout healthcare, the reduction in expenditures could total as much as $672 billion over a decade, according to a new report.
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News | Social Determinants of Health
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles, including greater protections for healthcare workers, ECRI’s top 10 patient safety concerns and the lack of prioritization of the medically v...
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News | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
Significant declines in inpatient admissions among rural hospitals that eventually close may be a consequence of affiliations with health systems.
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News | Coronavirus
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles, including the industry’s alignment with President Biden, why many HHS regulations could be in peril and the effect of vaccines on chronic COV...
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News | Medicare Payment and Reimbursement
The Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, used to pay for Part A hospital care, is on track to become insolvent as soon as 2024. Insolvency could lead to delays in payments to providers and adversely affect patient access.
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News | Coronavirus
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles, including the discovery that provider funds were used for Warp Speed operations, the need to retain the Medicare telehealth expansion and hea...
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News | Compliance
New requirements regarding notifications of admissions, discharges and transfers present both a challenge and a strategic opportunities for hospitals.
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News | Medicare Compliance RAC OIG
The HHS Office of Inspector General says a significant rise in high-severity inpatient admissions with no corresponding increase in length of stay indicates a possible pattern of upcoding by hospitals in recent years.
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News | Healthcare Business Trends
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles, including information on the likely confirmation of Xavier Becerra as HHS secretary, which specialists are seeing an uptick in patients and l...
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News | Coronavirus
While Wall Street thinks hospitals have a good chance to stabilize their finances in the coming year, a report issued by the American Hospital Association says the adverse effects of the pandemic will continue to be felt.
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News | Price Transparency
Beginning March 1, healthcare finance professionals can participate in several educational sessions and peer-to-peer discussions by enrolling in HFMA's virtual revenue cycle and price transparency workshop.
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News | Leadership
Rick Gundling, HFMA’s senior vice president of professional practice, talks about the Association's education plans for 2021 and comments on some hot topics in healthcare.
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News | Financial Leadership
HFMA was launched in 1946 as the American Association of Hospital Accountants, and the first issue of what was to become hfm magazine came a year later.
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News | Coronavirus
Recent industry reports have quantified the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospital patient volume.
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News | Innovation and Disruption
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles, including the debut of a provider-led data platform, delayed care during the pandemic and the impact of the recent winter storm on Texas hosp...
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News | Financial Leadership
To address the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare finance leaders are considering both internal and external solutions, according to recently issued reports.
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News | Price Transparency
Hospitals have had an easier time posting the required price information for consumer-friendly shoppable services than for all the services in their chargemaster, according to a large survey.
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News | Coronavirus
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles, including why the pandemic may cause health spending to decelerate, a look at how most consumers are hit with large bills after just one heal...
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News | Population Health Management
The healthcare industry should implement specific policy and regulatory steps to bolster the public health infrastructure in preparation for future crises, according to a new set of expert recommendations.
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News | Productivity and Process Improvement
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of articles from the past week, including hospitals’ loss of revenue from halting elective surgeries, what healthcare providers want Biden to focus on and a new surve...
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News | Coronavirus
Hospital patient volumes show signs of rebounding in some areas but continue to lag in others, especially in the ED.
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News | Coronavirus
With no best practices to use as a model, hospitals have developed COVID-19 vaccine programs that are tailored to their own situations.
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News | Healthcare Reform
A panel of experts explored how to make healthcare more effective both generally and for underserved demographics specifically.
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News | Staff Development
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of articles from the past week, including more M&A activity in Q4, an extension of the COVID-19 PHE underway and FTC examination of claims data to help assess impact ...
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News | CMS and MedPAC Guidelines and Trends
The January meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission included policy discussions about some of the most pressing issues in healthcare, including coverage of telehealth services.
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