The CMS announced today that it is combating the skyrocketing cost of nursing home hospitalizations by injecting funds into the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents.
Three out of four Medicare accountable care organizations did not slow health spending enough to earn bonuses last year, a continuation of mixed results for an initiative that federal officials have targeted for rapid expansion.
The selection of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and President Barack Obama for the top two spots in the 14th annual Modern Healthcare 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare reflects the continuing centrality in healthcare of the ACA and the ongoing political battle over its future.
St. Mary's Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Fla., has closed its pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program after media reports drew attention to its seemingly high mortality rates.
A fight is brewing among some Republican-led states and the Obama administration over Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, and advocates and providers say women's access to reproductive health services may suffer because of it.
As Medicare prepares to require hundreds of hospitals to take bundled payments for some orthopedic surgeries, about two-thirds of the hospitals, medical groups and other providers mulling whether to join the Obama administration's voluntary bundled-payment program said, “No thanks.”
Behind the scenes of the months-long Humana acquisition drama, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini bested Cigna Corp. CEO David Cordani at every turn. Cordani wound up getting very little of what he wanted, including a top job.
Data Points for the week of Aug. 17, 2015, covered the following topics: Antipsychotic drugs, hospital CEO compensation, healthcare "super-utilizers" and mortality from pneumonia.
Medicare's voluntary test of bundled payments added new contracts in July, but about two-thirds of the hospitals, medical groups, nursing homes and other providers that seriously considered the option instead dropped out.
The CMS has extended the enforcement delay for the controversial two-midnight rule governing short hospital stays to fall in line with recently proposed changes to the policy.
Participation by office-based physicians in the electronic health-record incentive payment program waned significantly in 2014, the program's fourth year, as clinicians faced system upgrades and tougher requirements.
The CMS picked veteran federal contractor Booz Allen Hamilton to replace Optum subsidiary QSSI as the key contractor on HealthCare.gov. But the Obama administration will temporarily stick with QSSI as its quality tester because two losing bidders are challenging the result for the subcontract.