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Why TeamHealth plans to pay $1.6 billion for IPC Healthcare

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 04, 2015

Healthcare staffing firm TeamHealth Holdings on Tuesday squashed rumors that it is buying IPC Healthcare to stave off its own acquisition. The company says it's purchasing the hospitalist services provider to broaden a footprint in both acute and post-acute physician services.

CMS won't break the DSH formula despite provider complaints

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 04, 2015

When it comes to determining what hospitals will receive for their share of Medicare disproportionate-share hospital payments, the CMS is sticking to its guns. That's despite complaints that it may be unfair to some hospitals.

Most hospitals face 30-day readmissions penalty in fiscal 2016

Most hospitals face 30-day readmissions penalty in fiscal 2016

By Sabriya Rice  |  August 03, 2015

Most hospitals will get less money from Medicare in fiscal 2016 because too many patients return within 30 days of discharge. Less than 25% of hospitals subject to the program targeting readmissions did well enough to escape the penalty.

Hospitals receive little from CMS inpatient payment rule

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 03, 2015

The CMS finalized widely panned proposals on new quality measures and site-neutral payments and declined to say whether the agency plans to extend the enforcement delay on the two-midnight rule governing short hospital stays.

CMS trims boost to hospital rates to 0.9%

By Sabriya Rice , Adam Rubenfire and Virgil Dickson  |  August 01, 2015

The CMS lowered its final increase for hospital rates in 2016 to a scant 0.9%, down from the 1.1% increase it proposed in April. The move will heighten pressure on the nation's 3,400 acute-care hospitals to rein in costs and reduce unnecessary spending.

CMS announces 0.9% hospital payment increase for 2016

CMS announces 0.9% hospital payment increase for 2016

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 31, 2015

The CMS lowered its final increase for hospitals rates in 2016 to a scant 0.9%, down from the 1.1% increase it proposed in April. The move will heighten pressure on the nation's 3,400 acute-care hospitals to rein in costs and reduce unnecessary spending.

CMS reduces pay bump for skilled-nursing facilities in fiscal '16

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 30, 2015

Skilled-nursing facilities will get a smaller rate increase than initially proposed by the CMS for fiscal 2016. The decrease is due to various changes in calculations including inflation predictions, according to a CMS spokesman.

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