The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is mulling trying to solve the conundrum posed by the widely panned “two-midnight rule” by eliminating the outpatient observation claims that gave rise to it.
Hospitals in Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Newark, N.J., and Philadelphia saw the highest average Medicare readmission penalties over the past two reporting periods, according to researchers studying the impact of the program on urban institutions.
Hospitals and lawmakers are asking why the $6.2 billion the Obama administration requested for battling Ebola doesn't include any money to reimburse hospitals for the high cost of treating patients with the virus or preparing for the possibility of more cases.
Indiana University Health reported another quarter of strong financial results as patient revenue rose nearly 12%, despite declining admissions across the state's largest system. Net patient service revenue at the Indianapolis-based system climbed to $1.3 billion for the three-month period ended...
Physicians cheered and jeered parts of a final rule the CMS issued last week that includes Medicare's 2015 physician fee schedule and revised policies on telehealth and other reimbursements. But the potential 21.2% cut to payments driven by Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula still looms.
The Pittsburgh-based UPMC health system saw its insurance revenue rise 6% to $1.3 billion in the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with the same period the previous year.
A proposed rule from the Veterans Affairs Department regarding how providers can take part in a new effort to care for veterans is garnering criticism from the American Hospital Association.
Medicare said Friday it will consider paying doctors to counsel patients about their options for end-of-life care, the same idea that spurred accusations of "death panels" and fanned a political furor around President Barack Obama's healthcare law five years ago.
Medicare payments for end-stage renal disease will increase by 0.3% in 2015 under a final rule issued by the CMS Friday. The agency expects to pay $9 billion next year to more than 6,000 facilities for coverage of dialysis services to individuals with ESRD.
HealthSouth Corp., the Birmingham, Ala.-based operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, reported a 7.6% decrease in net income in the third quarter as it incurred startup costs associated with new facilities.
A recent decision by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois could make it more difficult for small hospitals to preserve their independence by affiliating—rather than merging—with larger healthcare systems.
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...