Cook County (Ill.) Jail is trying to shed its reputation as the “nation's largest mental health institution,” and it is leading a nationwide movement with jailhouse and community treatment strategies to keep inmates with mental illness from returning.
The CMS lowered its final increase for hospitals rates in 2016 to a scant 0.9%, down from the 1.1% increase it proposed in April. The move will heighten pressure on the nation's 3,400 acute-care hospitals to rein in costs and reduce unnecessary spending.
A list of the nation's largest for-profit and not-for-profit home healthcare companies ranked by most-recent total net annual revenue based on federal filings. Source: Securities and Exchange Commission; Internal Revenue Service. Published Aug. 3, 2015, p. 34.
Hospice providers will see a 1.1% increase in Medicare payments in fiscal 2016, according to a final rule issued Friday by the CMS. That's slightly lower than the CMS' initial proposal.
Lower medical costs and more revenue from employer- and government-based health plans led to higher second-quarter profits for Cigna Corp., the Bloomfield, Conn.-based company reported Thursday.
House representatives have agreed to the Veterans Affairs Department's request to shift part of the federal budget to keep VA hospitals open. The House included a late amendment to reallocate $3.5 billion to the VA's Choice program as part of the highway-funding bill.
Deals between hospital operating companies and real estate investment trusts (REITs) are expected to multiply as more providers realize it's time to cash in on their bloated real estate portfolios.
The federal government says healthcare facilities should stop using Hospira's Symbiq medication infusion pump because of its vulnerability to hacking.
Residents of two rural communities in the Southwest face limited options to obtain convenient medical care after services were completely or partially shuttered.