The CMS is studying how and whether to replace its controversial “two-midnight” payment policy for short hospital stays in response to vigorous and persistent complaints from the provider community.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott plans to sue the Obama administration, accusing the CMS of unconstitutionally trying to force the state to expand Medicaid by ending funding that subsidizes hospital care for its low-income patients.
A list of the nation's 11 largest for-profit hospital chains, ranked by 2014 revenue as reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Source: Modern Healthcare reporting. Published April 18, 2015, p. 30.
Physician assistants and nurse practitioners cheered passage of the bill that killed Medicare's sustainable-growth rate formula. But a failed attempt by Yale University to expand its PA program with an online option reflects the difficulty of trying to rapidly grow the healthcare workforce.
Humana CEO Bruce Broussard says Medicare Advantage and the individual plans sold on the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges reflect a path the healthcare industry should be on: one that increasingly spurs competition and rewards quality and efficiency.
The Montana state Legislature has passed a bill expanding Medicaid eligibility to about 70,000 low-income residents.
Norton Healthcare, a five-hospital system based in Louisville, Ky., came close to doubling its operating margin in 2014 as it treated more patients, cut its expenses and benefited from Medicaid expansion in the state.
Athenahealth COO Ed Park explains how the next generation of patient-centered information exchange will work and how his own company is pivoting into the hospital EHR market. Modern Healthcare interviewed Park during the 2015 HIMSS conference in Chicago.
About 7% of hospitals got the highest rating, 34% got the second-highest rating, and 19% got one of the two lowest possible scores in the CMS' new five-star ratings of more than 3,500 hospitals based on patient-satisfaction surveys.