The CMS is studying how and whether to replace its controversial “two-midnight” payment policy for short hospital stays in response to vigorous and persistent complaints from the provider community.
The Medicare SGR replacement bill that most likely will pass Congress this week makes sweeping changes to Medicare's programs for rewarding or penalizing physicians on quality, cost and their adoption of EHRs. It also gives medical specialty boards an unwarranted role in how those rewards or...
The Boston-based system will end inpatient operations at Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care North Shore later this year because its leaders concluded it won't be able to survive under new CMS admitting criteria.
Draft regulations issued Monday would extend federal mental health parity protections to Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in managed-care plans.
Idaho, famous for its pine forests, crystalline lakes and baking potatoes, has a scant 1.6 million people spread over its 82,643 square miles. Yet it has seized center stage in setting national healthcare economic policy.
New data show that operating margins at Arizona hospitals are declining despite a recent financial boost from an expanded Medicaid program.
Certain cancer hospitals get significantly higher payments from Medicare in part because it's assumed they care for sicker populations. A federal report suggests that's not generally the case.
A budding bipartisan deal to shelter physicians from Medicare cuts, championed by the House's two top leaders, is drawing powerful allies including the American Medical Association and a rainbow of conservative and liberal groups.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is breaking from the pack of healthcare organizations that support a new plan to pass a permanent repeal of Medicare's sustainable growth rate, instead voicing opposition to what it calls a 10-year pay freeze in the proposal.
Physicians need support and guidance from the federal government and from payers as they deal with the challenges of transitioning away from fee-for-service, according to a report released Thursday.
Allina Health, a 14-hospital system, reported a higher operating surplus for 2014 as it held expense growth in line with revenue.
Financial markets have sent another signal that the coming era of precision or personalized medicine could wind up making cancer care unaffordable for millions of people.