Ambulatory Care

CMS increases the payment rate for administering authorized monoclonal antibody treatments to patients with COVID-19

CMS has provided a nearly 50% boost in payment to providers that administer monoclonal antibodies to beneficiaries with COVID-19.

Nick Hut May 17, 2021

CMS is curtailing voluntary participation in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundled payment model

Hospitals that participated in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model on a voluntary basis over the last three years will be excluded after Sept. 30.

Nick Hut May 3, 2021

Physician-friendly web technology can help hospitals grow revenue from ambulatory referrals

All too often, ambulatory orders from referring physicians do not result in delivered services and associated revenue for hospitals because of ineffective ordering processes. Hospitals can gain a competitive advantage ad avoid lost revenue by taking steps to simplify this process for both the referring physician and the patient.

Denny Phillips April 26, 2021

News briefs: CMS reduces Medicare payments by 25% for many providers as part of loan recoupment

News briefs for May include recoupment of Medicare advance payments, a potential issue with hospitals' 340B eligibility, and more.

Nick Hut April 26, 2021

Site-neutral payments could reduce healthcare spending by at least $350 billion over 10 years, report finds

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.

Nick Hut March 22, 2021

HHS to provide funding for administration of COVID-19 advanced therapies in vulnerable communities

HHS announced a $150 million investment to make available monoclonal antibody therapeutic treatments for patients in vulnerable communities nationwide.

Nick Hut March 18, 2021

Hospital job losses continued in February and were greater in January than previously reported

Hospitals lost positions in February, but the biggest news in the latest batch of jobs data was a negative adjustment to January numbers.

Nick Hut March 8, 2021

GAO report examines how pass-through status affects Medicare payments for drugs used in outpatient care

A Government Accountability Office report finds that Medicare pays more to cover drugs used in hospital outpatient settings when pass-through payment status is in effect.

Nick Hut March 6, 2021

Healthcare News of Note: Xavier Becerra likely to be confirmed as next U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary

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 lingering health issues from COVID-19.

Deborah Filipek March 1, 2021

January brings a halt to job gains for hospitals and the healthcare industry

January numbers form the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that hospitals and the healthcare industry lost jobs after several months of gains.

Nick Hut February 17, 2021
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