Advertisement
More U.S. hospitals to receive 30-day readmission penalties

More U.S. hospitals to receive 30-day readmission penalties

By Sabriya Rice  |  October 02, 2014

A total of 2,610 hospitals in the U.S. will see their Medicare payments docked in fiscal 2015 for having excessive numbers of patients return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. This is third year the CMS has instituted the penalties in an effort to promote better outcomes in the nation's...

CT scans may be overused for detecting kidney stones

By Sabriya Rice  |  September 17, 2014

Using an ultrasound rather than a CT scan for patients suspected of having kidney stones could be preferable to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure, concludes a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine. No significant differences were evident in detecting high-risk diagnoses, serious...

Reform Update: Medicaid expansion may spread to four more GOP-led states

Reform Update: Medicaid expansion may spread to four more GOP-led states

By Virgil Dickson  |  September 02, 2014

Now that Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has received CMS approval for his Medicaid expansion plan, Indiana, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming may be next in line among GOP-led states in seeking a federal green light for their conservative-oriented expansion proposals.

Hospitals hope for relief from two-midnight purgatory

By Bob Herman  |  August 21, 2014

The heavily criticized Medicare two-midnight rule involving short inpatient stays has technically been in effect for the past year. But providers, regulators and healthcare observers are not sure the rule will hold up in its current makeshift form.

Dignity Health teams with SAS for analytics to address Medicare penalties

Dignity Health teams with SAS for analytics to address Medicare penalties

By Joseph Conn  |  August 19, 2014

Dignity Health is jumping into predictive analytics with a new tech partner, analytics firm SAS. Initially, Dignity will be targeting what many other healthcare organizations have been aiming at in a recent wave of projects involving predictive analytics, namely to reduce readmissions subject to...

Predictive analytics do more than dodge readmission penalties

Predictive analytics do more than dodge readmission penalties

By Joseph Conn  |  August 08, 2014

Predictive analytics systems predate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. But there's always been a shortage of cash to incentivize the data exchange needed to allow such systems to grow and increase their capabilities in healthcare.

For-profit home health agencies blasted in new analysis

For-profit home health agencies blasted in new analysis

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 04, 2014

For-profit home health agencies had higher Medicare costs per patient while scoring lower in quality performance when compared with not-for-profit firms, a new analysis finds.

CMS issues final rules for inpatient, hospice payments

CMS issues final rules for inpatient, hospice payments

By Virgil Dickson and Paul Demko  |  August 04, 2014

The CMS has finalized a rule that decreases inpatient prospective payment system payments by $756 million overall. Meanwhile, long-term-care hospitals will see payments increase by 1.1%, or approximately $62 million in fiscal 2015, which starts Oct. 1.

Not all 30-day readmissions indicate problems, study says

Not all 30-day readmissions indicate problems, study says

By Sabriya Rice  |  August 04, 2014

Are all 30-day readmissions really a bad thing? Not necessarily, according to researchers comparing readmission rates among California hospitals. The study found safety net hospitals in the state often had better outcomes on 30-day mortality measures, but were still more likely to face readmission...

Advertisement