Innovations: Online payment portal eases hospital collections

Innovations: Online payment portal eases hospital collections

By Bob Herman  |  April 04, 2015

iVinci's CEO developed the technology after a year managing the revenue-cycle process at St. Luke's Health System in Boise. He told the system's executives they had to understand patients' payment patterns if they wanted to handle the rising tide of high-deductible plans.

Data Points for March 23, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 21, 2015

Data Points for the week of March 23, 2015, covered the following topics: Out-of-pocket costs for patients, deductibles and medical debt

Doctors require help in move from fee-for-service

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 19, 2015

Physicians need support and guidance from the federal government and from payers as they deal with the challenges of transitioning away from fee-for-service, according to a report released Thursday.

Pa. judge will hear challenge to Advantage payment cuts

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 14, 2015

In a lawsuit that will go before a state judge this week, eight not-for-profit hospitals in western Pennsylvania will argue that health insurer Highmark improperly trimmed Medicare Advantage payments by 2% last year following federal budget cuts.

Utah Medicaid expansion hits dead end

By Associated Press  |  February 26, 2015

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's trimmed-down plan for expanding Medicaid appears to have hit a dead end at the state Capitol.

Hospital prices drop for the first time

By Melanie Evans  |  February 21, 2015

Payers' efforts to drive down hospital prices may be succeeding. Prices that private and public health insurers paid to acute-care hospitals declined in January, compared with the same month a year ago, the first time they have dropped since the federal government began collecting these data.

CMS: Boost Medicare Advantage payments 1.1%

By Bob Herman  |  February 21, 2015

The CMS has proposed increasing health insurers' Medicare Advantage payment rates by 1.05% for 2016, a move that kicks off a 45-day dogfight in Washington before the rates are cemented.

Value-based care not likely to end payer/provider financial spats

By Bob Herman  |  January 22, 2015

A large payer and health system in California are embroiled in a bitter feud over expired contract terms, the type of fight all too common in the fee-for-service world. Value-based pay promises to align providers and payers in the pursuit of efficient care, but they're likely to keep fighting.

Lessons from Vermont

Lessons from Vermont

By By  |  January 03, 2015

Sorting through the shards of Vermont's discarded single-payer health insurance scheme reveals the plan was undone by its generosity toward patients, hospitals and physicians, not its core assumptions.

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