Groups meet to create 'virtual clipboard' for intake

By Joseph Conn  |  December 13, 2014

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.

USC to invest in surgery centers with for-profit partner

By Bob Herman  |  October 23, 2014

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.

Dialysis demand strong as kidney disease grows

Dialysis demand strong as kidney disease grows

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  October 11, 2014

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...

Rural hospital patients face higher out-of-pocket costs for outpatient services

By Bob Herman  |  October 08, 2014

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...

AHA Chair James Hinton on integrated systems, more outpatient care

AHA Chair James Hinton on integrated systems, more outpatient care

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 13, 2014

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...

Ambulatory surgery centers can be risky for older patients

Ambulatory surgery centers can be risky for older patients

By Sabriya Rice  |  September 12, 2014

In the wake of the surgery-related death of comedian Joan Rivers, patient-safety leaders and some physicians are calling on outpatient surgery centers to carefully select elderly patients eligible for surgery and encouraging patients to question the qualifications of physicians performing the...

CMS' proposed cuts for partial hospitalization irk providers

By Virgil Dickson  |  September 12, 2014

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.

Healthcare accreditors need to teach, and listen, too

Healthcare accreditors need to teach, and listen, too

By By Dr. W. Patrick Davey  |  August 30, 2014

The shift of healthcare delivery from inpatient to outpatient settings continues at a rapid pace, allowing people to address their needs through practitioners and places never imagined 10 years ago.

CMS proposes primary care, hospital outpatient pay rate hikes

By Joe Carlson and Bob Herman  |  July 05, 2014

The CMS kicked off the Fourth of July weekend early with a late Thursday regulation dump that included proposed changes for 2015 to Medicare rates for doctors and a proposal to raise Medicare outpatient payments to hospitals.

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