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Can MedPAC make the two-midnight rule go away?

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 18, 2014

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.

Big-city hospitals more likely to face readmission penalties

By Sabriya Rice  |  November 17, 2014

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 ask feds to help pay for their role in Ebola fight

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 13, 2014

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.

More doc-office visits, better collections help Indiana University Health's results

By Rachel Landen  |  November 07, 2014

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...

Medicare pay cut looms despite positive steps in CMS rule, doc groups say

By Andis Robeznieks  |  November 06, 2014

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.

Medicare weighs paying for end-of-life counseling

By Associated Press  |  November 01, 2014

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.

CMS finalizes small rate increases for dialysis providers

By Paul Demko  |  October 31, 2014

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.

Expansion costs hurt HealthSouth's bottom line

By Beth Kutscher  |  October 28, 2014

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.

Illinois Blues delivers blow to small hospitals

Illinois Blues delivers blow to small hospitals

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  October 07, 2014

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.

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...

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