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Hospital execs say inpatient volume growth isn't rebounding

Hospital execs say inpatient volume growth isn't rebounding

By Tara Bannow  |  July 16, 2018

A new survey of hospital executives found inpatient utilization increased 0.7% in the second quarter of 2018, down from 1% at the same time in 2017. Patients continue to flock to cheaper outpatient settings for services.

ER spending rises with increasing prices, severity of visits

ER spending rises with increasing prices, severity of visits

By Shelby Livingston  |  May 30, 2018

Emergency department spending per member nearly doubled from 2009 to 2016 as the severity of ED visits and the prices associated with those visits increased, new data from the Health Care Cost Institute shows.

MedPAC votes to cut payments for free-standing ERs

MedPAC votes to cut payments for free-standing ERs

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 05, 2018

An influential advisory panel plans to ask Congress to cut payments to some stand-alone emergency departments. The proposal could save Medicare up to $250 million annually if enacted into law.

UnitedHealth hits back at Envision over ER billing practices

UnitedHealth hits back at Envision over ER billing practices

By Shelby Livingston  |  March 20, 2018

UnitedHealth and physician staffing firm Envision Healthcare are locked in a dispute over ER payment issues. UnitedHealth recently launched a website about Envision's "outrageous billing practices" in response to Envision's lawsuit against the insurer.

Hospitals saw higher job growth in December

Hospitals saw higher job growth in December

By Tara Bannow  |  January 05, 2018

The healthcare industry added roughly 31,000 jobs in December, slightly above the 30,000 added in November, with sectors such as hospitals and physicians' office seeing significant fluctuations at the end of 2017.

CMS extends Medicare experiment to curb ambulance use

CMS extends Medicare experiment to curb ambulance use

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 12, 2017

The CMS will continue its multi-state initiative to reduce ambulance use in the Medicare program after seeing claims drop. Transport providers have praised the effort even though it could hit their bottom lines.

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