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CMS talk, policy at odds in eliminating health disparities

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 21, 2016

I read with great interest the recent Q&A “We're trying to build the business case for achieving health equity,” (April 25, p. 30), based on an interview with Cara James, Ph.D., director of the CMS' Office of Minority Health.

Bill would exempt many cancer hospitals from site-neutral payment

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 20, 2016

A bill introduced this week would allow cancer hospitals currently exempt from the Prospective Payment System to see no change in reimbursement despite a provision for site-neutral payments that was included in a budget agreement last year.

Bill targets socio-economic factors in hospital readmissions

Bill targets socio-economic factors in hospital readmissions

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 19, 2016

The bipartisan legislation put forward this week would also allow off-campus hospital outpatient departments currently under construction to continue receiving higher rates than similar facilities that aren't owned by hospitals.

Editorial: Healthcare alone won't reverse coming longevity decline

Editorial: Healthcare alone won't reverse coming longevity decline

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 23, 2016

New CDC data show white women on average lived slightly shorter lives in 2014 compared to 2013. Most experts agreed it was a worrisome harbinger of what awaits other groups suffering the ill-effects of our increasingly unequal society.

15 Top Health Systems cultivate a culture of transparency

15 Top Health Systems cultivate a culture of transparency

By Maria Castellucci  |  April 23, 2016

Fostering a culture of transparency on performance measures is one of the key strategies used by the health systems that made this year's list of Truven Health Analytics' 15 Top Health Systems.

CMS will test paying more for skilled nursing to curb hospital readmissions

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 26, 2016

The CMS will test whether paying skilled-nursing facilities more will reduce avoidable hospital admissions among their long-term-care residents. Industry stakeholders say the move acknowledges the role of post-acute-care facilities in improving quality of care, something integral to the upcoming...

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