CMS final rule requires Sunshine Act reporting of CME payments

By Melanie Evans  |  October 31, 2014

Doctors will be paid for Medicare care coordination, wellness and behavioral health telehealth visits. But, under final rules issued by the CMS late Friday, physicians also could see all Medicare payments cut by roughly 21% in April if the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula cuts are allowed...

Premier owners can start selling, but will they?

By Jaimy Lee  |  October 31, 2014

Premier healthcare alliance member-owners now have the chance to convert their shares and sell their stock in the firm, a year after the company went public.What they will do and when is still not known however.

Feds put HIPAA health plan identifiers on hold

By Joseph Conn  |  October 31, 2014

The CMS has hit the pause button on enforcing its own rule requiring the use of a national health plan identifier. The rule has garnered industry criticism, so this pause could be recognition that perhaps the rule should be reconsidered.

CMS finalizes small rate increases for dialysis providers

By Paul Demko  |  October 31, 2014

Medicare payments for end-stage renal disease will increase by 0.3% in 2015 under a final rule issued by the CMS Friday. The agency expects to pay $9 billion next year to more than 6,000 facilities for coverage of dialysis services to individuals with ESRD.

Capella boosts revenue, adds new hospital

By Beth Kutscher  |  October 31, 2014

Capella Healthcare, a privately held chain, based in Franklin, Tenn., improved its top and bottom line during the third quarter as it invested in outpatient services and saw an improved payer mix.

Report: Calif. slow to respond to nursing-home complaints

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 31, 2014

A report released this week from the California state auditor's office alleges that state health officials have failed to effectively manage investigations of complaints against long-term-care facilities in the state.

Obamacare meeting goal of extending coverage to more Americans, new report says

By Bob Herman  |  October 31, 2014

About 10.3 million nonelderly adults who previously had no health insurance have since gained some form of coverage, either through Medicaid or the exchanges, since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's inaugural open-enrollment period last year, a new government report shows.

LGBT health disparities on agenda at academic medicine meeting

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  October 31, 2014

The role of academic medicine in addressing health disparities affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations will be among the topics discussed when leaders from the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals convene in Chicago Nov. 7-11 for the Association of American Medical...

Omega to buy out rival Aviv in $3B all-stock deal

By Associated Press  |  October 31, 2014

Omega Healthcare will buy rival real estate investment trust Aviv in a $3 billion all-stock deal combining two companies that each run hundreds of nursing homes.