Medicare margins are in a free-fall. In 2015, the aggregate margin hit a negative 7.1% across hospitals and could sink to -10% this year. Hospitals face enormous pressure to offset the losses.
As healthcare inches toward value-based care, EHRs are more important than ever. Vendors are working with providers to improve their offerings, going beyond meeting the bare minimum federal requirements for their software.
MACRA's approach to reimbursing physicians is here, but many doctors and administrators are still trying to get a handle on how it works. Read on for tips on how to deal with this major change to the Medicare payment system.
St. Louis providers came up with a plan to try to stop a barrage of heroin overdoses landing in emergency rooms. It involves sending "recovery coaches" to hospitals as living proof that addicts can get better.
Fewer people are uninsured in states that set up their own Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges than in states that use HealthCare.gov, data from the CDC shows.
Starting in 2019, insurers in 15 more states will be able to participate in Medicare Advantage's value-based insurance design program. Plans encourage the use of high-value clinical services among chronically ill patients by lowering or eliminating cost-sharing.
Money will go to capital and equipment projects, including a project to replace old beds, which were a target of criticism during buyout discussions last May.
On Black Friday, telemedicine visits soar. And they've been increasing year-round. But they've yet to truly take off, as they're held back by old reimbursement models.
Primary-care providers write most of the anti-depressant prescriptions in the U.S., but these providers may have “limited” training in mental health treatment. Rather than ignoring the problem, Arun Gupta is working with it, giving primary-care providers and their patients access to...
The CMS is working on a new online resource that will make it easier for providers to figure out which quality measures are under development.
Establishing an alternative continuous coverage mechanism could soften the coverage losses from repealing the ACA's individual mandate as part of the GOP tax cut bill. But so far politics has gotten in the way of considering that.
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