Care New England Health System of Providence, R.I., and Southcoast Health System of New Bedford, Mass., announced last week that they are exploring a merger.
Six Ohio hospitals are suing HHS over a part of the two-midnight rule that would cut inpatient payments to hospitals.
Six Ohio hospitals are suing HHS over a part of the two-midnight rule that would cut inpatient payments to hospitals, arguing the agency didn't follow the proper rulemaking process in issuing it.
The CMS will pay physicians to help Medicare patients plan the type of care they want at the end of life, an idea that touched off the “death panel” controversy six years ago, but which has since gained broader acceptance.
The CMS is standing by the controversial two-midnight rule and will not be implementing changes proposed by industry and policy stakeholders, including a popular suggestion to create a one-midnight rule.
A federal judge handed hospitals a partial win Monday when he ruled the HHS secretary must provide better justification for the part of the much maligned two-midnight rule that would cut inpatient payments to hospitals. The judge also ordered HHS to re-open that part of the rule to comments.
Providers and policy experts are split on the Obama administration's proposal to salvage the controversial two-midnight rule with a series of modifications intended to mollify its many critics. Some influential stakeholders still want it killed.
Healthcare providers are expressing support for legislation overwhelmingly approved by Congress that would require hospitals to notify Medicare patients when they are under observation care in a hospital but have not been admitted. Some observers, however, say the measure doesn't address the...
The CMS paid out $1.3 billion to more than 1,900 hospitals as of June 1 as part of its efforts to clear out the Medicare payment-appeals process. But the fight over Medicare appeals has only intensified.
Members of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging called on the CMS during a hearing Wednesday to make changes to Medicare's recovery audit contractor program, which some providers have identified as a driving force behind the rise in observation stays in recent years.
The CMS is studying how and whether to replace its controversial “two-midnight” payment policy for short hospital stays in response to vigorous and persistent complaints from the provider community.
Hospitals are lobbying for an extension of the moratorium on enforcement of the “two-midnight” policy for short hospital stays that expires at the end of the month. They're hoping Congress will include the extension in action it takes this month on the Medicare physician-payment formula.