Critics say the CMS star-rating system for dialysis clinics is too complicated for the average consumer because of how ratings are assigned. And in areas with few choices of facilities, they may be meaningless since consumers have no easily accessible alternatives.
Cleveland Clinic plans to shut down its Lakewood (Ohio) Hospital, turning it into an ambulatory facility, reflective of the nationwide industry trend toward outpatient care.
The push for improved quality and safety metrics in healthcare will expand beyond the hospitals to the entire continuum of care in 2015.
Carolinas HealthCare System more than doubled its operating surplus for the first nine months of the year as it increased its market share, saw an improved payer mix and slowed the growth of labor costs.
Everyone knows the drill of going to the doctor's office or hospital, being handed a clipboard and writing answers to a list of questions about your identity, health status and insurance. Now there's a multistakeholder initiative to automate that process.
Slower growth in healthcare spending is supposed to boost the general economy in ways similar to the current drop in oil prices, which retailers hope will save them from a disastrous holiday shopping season. So why are people cheering the latter but not the former?
A new health insurance exchange announced last week by a large retailer is betting that analysts who predict that roughly 40 million people will buy their health plans through a private online marketplace by 2018 are right.
Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California, an academic medical center based in Los Angeles, has agreed to develop a network of ambulatory surgery centers throughout the area with Surgical Care Affiliates, a publicly traded operator of surgical centers.
Demand for kidney dialysis is expected to increase in the U.S. as the elderly population grows and the prevalence of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease rises. The U.S. has a higher rate of dialysis utilization than all other advanced countries except Japan, and the...
Medicare patients who receive routine outpatient care such as IV bags and heart tests pay considerably more out of their own pockets at critical-access hospitals than at other general acute-care hospitals, according to a report released Wednesday from HHS' Office of the Inspector General. For some...
Modern Healthcare Editor Merrill Goozner recently spoke with James Hinton, CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, who has chaired the American Hospital Association board for the past year. Since joining Presbyterian in 1983 and in nearly two decades at its helm, he helped create...
Providers are urging the CMS to reverse course on proposed reimbursement cuts for partial hospitalization, a treatment category that allows patients to live at home while getting intensive care at a hospital or treatment center for mental illness or substance abuse.