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Central Georgia Health System may lose Blues contract
By Beth Kutscher | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Central Georgia Health System, based in Macon, is facing the loss of one of its largest commercial contracts after nine months of negotiations with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia failed to yield an agreement on new terms.
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Not-for-profits' expenses continue to outpace revenue growth, Moody's finds
By Rachel Landen | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The not-for-profit hospital sector is seeing margins tighten and cash flows decline, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service. Expense growth continues to outpace revenue growth for the second consecutive year, the service reported.
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Reform Update: States that did not expand Medicaid may see higher premiums, industry experts say
By Virgil Dickson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Some industry experts are warning that states that chose not to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare could see higher insurance premiums next year as hospitals continue to shift the costs of uncompensated care to private insurers.
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Medicare chief Jonathan Blum leaving Obama administration
By Paul Demko | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Obama administration's top Medicare official is stepping down from his post. CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum has been with the agency for more than five years.
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Key governor races could be referendum on ACA, Medicaid expansion
By Rebecca Kern | April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
With governor races in 36 states this fall, new faces in several governors' chairs could influence states' stances on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act implementation and Medicaid expansion.
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Give ACOs a break, AHA tells CMS Innovation Center
By Melanie Evans | April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Hospital Association is lobbying the CMS Innovation Center to make it easier for accountable care organizations to earn Medicare bonuses and delay potential penalties as the agency looks to expand the initiative.
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Practice Makes Perfect: Collaborating with insurers to implement new payment models
By Jeffrey Milburn | April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Last June, MGMA released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members' most pressing practice management challenges. In this edition of “Practice Makes Perfect,” we address No. 8 on that list: collaborating with payers to implement new payment models.
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Cut prices for low-risk hospital outpatient surgeries: HHS report
By Joe Carlson | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare should pay hospitals less for low-risk outpatient surgeries, the program's fiscal watchdog suggests in a report published this morning.
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AHA suit over 'two-midnight' rule called uphill fight
By Joe Carlson | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
No matter how strong their legal arguments, hospitals will have a tough time convincing judges to overturn Medicare's controversial new rules on classifying inpatients, some legal experts say.
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Hospital, doctor prices rise in March
By Melanie Evans | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Prices for inpatient hospital care accelerated slightly more rapidly last month than prices for outpatient services, as the overall Consumer Price Index for hospitals increased 0.8%.
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