Even as costs surge, Medicare physician payments are scheduled to decrease in 2023

Medicare physician payments would decrease by more than 4% in 2023, according to a proposed rule.

Nick Hut July 11, 2022

Medicare spells out proposed conditions of participation for rural emergency hospitals

Seeking to shore up operations for rural hospitals, CMS issued a proposed rule that establishes recommended regulations for the new rural emergency hospital category.

Nick Hut July 5, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: Telemedicine use for cancer care should be more equitable

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: There’s a need to address inequities in telemedicine use for cancer care, almost 25% of physicians report mistreatment, and most Medicare Advantage enrollees are satisfied with their plan.

Deborah Filipek June 30, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: U.S. hospitals performed 106,474 unnecessary procedures on older adults during the ‘dangerous’ first year of COVID-19

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: 106,474 unnecessary procedures were performed on older adults in hospitals early in the pandemic, 55% of patients in rural areas relied on telehealth to receive outpatient mental health and substance use services in March-August 2021, and women and people of color with chest pain wait longer to be seen by a physician.

Deborah Filipek June 21, 2022

2022 healthcare trends driving change in patient financial engagement

Disruptive changes brought on by rising medical costs and increased patient cost sharing require an evolution in traditional patient billing and collection practices. Rapidly changing state and federal regulations, COVID-19, consumer behaviors and expectations, disrupters, technology and operational challenges impact healthcare in parallel.

HFMA May 31, 2022

2023 regulations for Medicare Advantage and ACA marketplaces seek to enhance network adequacy standards

HHS and CMS recently released sets of 2023 regulations that affect provider network adequacy standards in Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces.

Nick Hut May 9, 2022

HHS policy update: Recent developments include an extension of the public health emergency and notable progress in reducing the Medicare appeals backlog

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra signed a 90-day extension of the COVID-19 public health emergency, ensuring the PHE will last until at least mid-July.

Nick Hut April 18, 2022

More than 2 years into the pandemic, the issue of deferred care continues to affect the healthcare industry

Concerns about the implications of deferred care continue to grow as healthcare organizations establish their strategies for a post-pandemic landscape.

Nick Hut April 14, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: Drug manufacturers reap $6.7 billion in provider relief funding, leaving hospitals and health systems with no aid allotted for the delta and omicron surges

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: $7 billion from the Provider Relief Fund was used by the Biden administration to pay drug manufacturers, HHS takes a strong stance on requiring health plan/insurance issuers to deliver parity for mental health and substance-use disorder benefits, and investors show continued interest in healthcare M&A in 2022.

Deborah Filipek February 4, 2022

Key takeaways from HFMA’s latest Outlook Survey: Healthcare finance professionals anticipate technology-driven changes

HFMA’s most recent Outlook Survey of healthcare finance professionals highlights the potential of technology to usher in big changes in upcoming years.

Nick Hut December 22, 2021
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