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Editorial: Medicare Part B drug proposal deserves support

Editorial: Medicare Part B drug proposal deserves support

By Merrill Goozner  |  June 25, 2016

Medicare's first step in reining in the skyrocketing cost of specialty drugs deserves support—something it has not received from hospitals, doctors, politicians or, of course, the pharmaceutical industry, which benefits the most from the status quo.

Medicaid expansion hits Deep South

Medicaid expansion hits Deep South

By Harris Meyer  |  June 18, 2016

While Obamacare supporters welcome Louisiana's Medicaid expansion, it remains to be seen if private providers will join with traditional safety net providers in delivering their care since the cash-strapped state isn't raising its abysmally low Medicaid pay rates.

Replacing joints faster, cheaper and better?

Replacing joints faster, cheaper and better?

By Harris Meyer  |  June 04, 2016

The migration of lucrative joint-replacement surgeries to outpatient settings will cause friction between surgeons and hospitals, and it raises questions about the premise of Medicare's new bundled-payment initiative for hospital-based procedures.

For-profit hospitals blaze separate path to efficiency, quality

For-profit hospitals blaze separate path to efficiency, quality

By Harris Meyer  |  May 28, 2016

A half-century after formation of the Federation of American Hospitals, for-profit hospital chains have moved beyond a scandal-plagued past to forge a permanent place in the healthcare landscape that features both collaboration and competition with not-for-profit systems.

Q&A: High-deductible plans make IU Health more consumer-conscious

Q&A: High-deductible plans make IU Health more consumer-conscious

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 28, 2016

Dennis Murphy is the new CEO of Indiana University Health, the largest healthcare system in the Hoosier state. In an interview with Modern Healthcare reporter Bob Herman, he outlines his early goals and how he views risk-based payment models.

Arizona court rules hospitals can file some Medicaid liens

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 28, 2016

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that hospitals can go after lawsuit settlements to get additional reimbursement for the costs of providing care for some patients covered by the state's Medicaid program.

Slavitt promises flexibility, mindfulness during MACRA implementation

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 11, 2016

CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt emphasized a commitment to working with providers as the new Medicare reimbursement system is implemented. House lawmakers said small-group and solo practitioners are concerned the model will push them out of business or into larger groups.

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