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Hospitals mount campaign against site-neutral Medicare payments

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 26, 2015

Hospital leaders are working to head off any momentum in Congress toward overhauling Medicare rates to pay hospitals the same for outpatient services as the program pays for the same services in physician offices.

MedPAC seeks reimbursement rate freeze

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 16, 2015

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has voted unanimously to make a series of recommendations to Congress that would either freeze reimbursements or make them site-neutral. The goal is to potentially save Medicare several billion dollars.

MedPAC calls for cutting inpatient rehab facility payments

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 15, 2015

A federal panel's recommendation that reimbursement for rehabilitation be the same for inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled-nursing facilities is getting immediate pushback from industry stakeholders who say patient care will suffer.

Dialysis providers expect ACOs, payment cuts, consolidation

Dialysis providers expect ACOs, payment cuts, consolidation

By Beth Kutscher  |  October 11, 2014

The $25 billion dialysis industry faces transformation as it moves from offering a profitable niche service to what insurers see as a cost center under the population health-management approach.

MedPAC disputes that half of new Medicare enrollees pick Advantage

MedPAC disputes that half of new Medicare enrollees pick Advantage

By Paul Demko  |  September 15, 2014

Half of new Medicare beneficiaries are opting for private plans over the traditional fee-for-service program. That's a statistic that's been reported by Modern Healthcare and other publications in recent years. Healthcare consultant John Gorman, one of the foremost experts on Medicare Advantage,...

Proposed physician fee schedule draws criticism from docs, insurers

Proposed physician fee schedule draws criticism from docs, insurers

By Virgil Dickson  |  September 11, 2014

Stakeholders from across the healthcare continuum are raising red flags about provisions of Medicare's proposed physician fee schedule for 2015, including quality incentives and reporting for physicians, a new reimbursement code for chronic-disease management and a fact-finding initiative...

Samitt to leave DaVita

Samitt to leave DaVita

By Bob Herman  |  July 18, 2014

Dr. Craig Samitt, CEO of HealthCare Partners, the Torrance, Calif.-based division of DaVita HealthCare Partners, will step down on Aug. 1. DaVita CEO Kent Thiry will assume responsibility for the division, the company said.

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