Nationwide, 51 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and the National Rural Health Association has identified 283 more that are in danger of going under. Some facilities may shift to providing emergency and outpatient care only, and link with regional hospitals for a broader range of services.
Regarding “MedPAC looks to discourage short stays, but sidesteps two-midnight rule”, this article shows the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's true ignorance of managing ill patients in rural America.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is tentatively backing a package of recommendations that will both overhaul how recovery audit contractors operate and discourage hospitals from billing for too many short inpatient stays.
Congressional Republicans have named Keith Hall head of the Congressional Budget Office, and other news
Congressional Republicans have named Keith Hall head of the Congressional Budget Office, which plays a crucial role in assessing how much healthcare programs will cost the Treasury.
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.
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.
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.
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 Chairman Glenn Hackbarth, 62, will be stepping down after his term expires in April.
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,...
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...
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.