Advertisement

Hospitals' admissions still declining

By Rachel Landen  |  January 03, 2015

Inpatient admissions at many hospital systems across the country continued to decline during the third quarter of 2014, with volumes at least partly attributed to healthcare reform.

RACs are back, at least through 2015

By Bob Herman  |  January 03, 2015

The four private companies that run Medicare's recovery audit program will have their contracts extended through 2015. But it's unclear what types of medical reviews or claims are going to be eligible for auditing.

Hospital admissions still declining

Hospital admissions still declining

By Rachel Landen  |  December 31, 2014

Inpatient admissions at many hospital systems across the country continued to decline during the third quarter of 2014, with changes tied to healthcare reform partially to blame for weakened volumes.

Can MedPAC make the two-midnight rule go away?

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 18, 2014

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is mulling trying to solve the conundrum posed by the widely panned “two-midnight rule” by eliminating the outpatient observation claims that gave rise to it.

Hospital Sisters Health System's operating margin sinks

By Bob Herman  |  October 28, 2014

Hospital Sisters Health System, a 13-hospital network headquartered in Springfield, Ill., barely kept its head above water in its most recent fiscal year as declining admissions and rising expenses ate away at revenue.

Medicare needs to end observation status for patients

Medicare needs to end observation status for patients

By Dr. Chris Edwards  |  September 06, 2014

Every time I see a story about the issue of observation services I feel compelled to reply. Quite frankly, it is the existence of observation services that is actually the problem. Any solution has to include the elimination of observation.

Wake Forest Baptist posts $78.4M operating loss for fiscal 2014

By Bob Herman  |  September 02, 2014

The costly rollout of an electronic health-record system and a decline in inpatient services used led Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C., to record its second straight annual eight-figure loss.

Cleveland Clinic sees lower margin and volume, higher expenses

By Beth Kutscher  |  August 18, 2014

The Cleveland Clinic Health System reported its operating margin declined in the second quarter of this year as it faced lower patient volume and higher expenses, particularly from rising pharmaceutical, salary and benefit costs.

Advertisement
Modern Healthcare Daily

The top stories in healthcare business every day

The Modern Healthcare Daily News App provides you with registration-free access to the top trending healthcare business news. It's the only news you need each day.