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.
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 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.
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.
Residents of two rural communities in the Southwest face limited options to obtain convenient medical care after services were completely or partially shuttered.
More than 85 years ago, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies pioneered the idea of health insurance, and they've been at the heart of healthcare ever since.
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.
In final rules published late Friday, the CMS will cut its increase in Medicare pay for inpatient psychiatric facilities, while slightly increasing what it was planning to give inpatient rehabilitation facilities.
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.
Hospice providers will see a 1.1% increase in Medicare payments in fiscal 2016, according to a final rule issued Friday by the CMS. That's slightly lower than the CMS' initial proposal.
Large employers can provide ideas for sustainable and impactful Medicare reform, based on their successes innovating and improving the way health benefits are designed, delivered and paid for, says William Kramer of the Pacific Business Group on Health.
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.