Revenue Cycle

Congress seems inclined to expand site-neutral payment policies in Medicare (updated)

Momentum is building in Congress toward expanding site-neutral payment in Medicare, a move that could reduce payments to hospitals by billions of dollars per year. A recent hearing, which lasted 5 ½ hours, focused on various ideas for promoting transparency and competition in healthcare. The hearing included references to 17 bills or discussion drafts, several…

Nick Hut May 12, 2023

The COVID-19 public health emergency is over: Here’s what healthcare providers should know

An era ends for the U.S. healthcare industry with the termination of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) at the close of the day on Thursday, May 11. The termination means providers are losing many of the federal waivers and flexibilities that have been in place for all or most of the PHE, which took…

Nick Hut May 10, 2023

Turning it up in Music City: Get ready for HFMA’s Annual Conference in Nashville

HFMA’s Katie Gilfillan discusses plans for HFMA’s Annual Conference in Nashville. Learn more and register here. Also in this episode, Karie Ryan and Amy Pyke of Philips tackle some of healthcare’s greatest challenges with the strategic use of technology. \

Erika Grotto May 8, 2023

New data on No Surprises Act arbitration cases show providers are faring well amid systemic challenges

Providers are having success at challenging out-of-network payment amounts under the No Surprises Act, at least when they can get their cases through the arbitration system. CMS published an update showing that between April 15, 2022, when the independent dispute resolution (IDR) portal opened, and March 31, arbitrators issued payment determinations in 42,158 disputes. Initiating…

Nick Hut May 2, 2023

Are you ready for the Medicaid ‘unwinding?’

The phase-out, or “unwinding,” of the three-year Medicaid continuous enrollment program began on April 1, and states have started to disenroll ineligible members. They have 12 months to complete the recertification process. The HHS estimates that around 8.2 million Medicaid enrollees, of which 4.7 million are adults ages 18 to 34, will lose Medicaid coverage, while 5.3…

HFMA May 2, 2023

How the patient financial experience impacts loyalty

Healthcare organization leaders from across the country share insight on creating patient financial experiences that drive payment while protecting patient retention in this roundtable.

HFMA April 28, 2023

5 issues that are keeping healthcare compliance professionals up at night

Rarely has the compliance landscape been more muddled or presented more of a challenge for healthcare organizations. “I’ve been a compliance officer for about 20 years now, and I’ve been in healthcare forever,” said Kirsten Wild, RN, a nurse by background who now owns a healthcare compliance consultancy. “But the volume and the pace of…

Nick Hut April 28, 2023

Gail Wilensky: No Surprises Act — where things stand after 16 months

Few areas of concern within our nation’s healthcare system have caused patients, their families and caregivers more consternation than surprise medical bills. Most of the new protections under the 2020 No Surprises Act became effective on Jan. 1, 2022. Last August, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury released a statement providing…

Gail R Wilensky, PhD April 27, 2023

Enterprisewide physician advisor programs are key to improving costs and revenue cycle performance

Hospitals and health systems must maintain a constant focus on containing costs and ensuring revenue integrity if they are to remain financially viable. But their efforts in these areas are often impeded by front-line providers who do not recognize how their day-to-day actions could have a negative impact on the organization financially. The problem often…

James P. Fee, MD, CCS, CCDS April 26, 2023

Final rule for Affordable Care Act marketplace plans could expand contracting opportunities for certain types of providers in 2024

Final 2024 regulations for health plans participating in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplaces are designed to improve equitable access to behavioral healthcare, potentially meaning a wider array of providers will have a chance to be included in networks. As of 2023, a participating plan must have at least 35% of available essential community…

Nick Hut April 26, 2023
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