The CMS has finalized a controversial rule that will require providers to return Medicare overpayments. The rule, first proposed in 2012, alarmed many healthcare organizations when it floated the idea that providers would be liable for returning Medicare overpayments going back as far as 10 years.
Centene Corp. continues to fight for regulatory approval over its Health Net acquisition, and the insurer is banking on a March 1 closing date.
Hospitals persuaded a federal appeals court to give new life to their legal fight to force HHS to work more quickly through a backlog of disputed findings by Medicare's controversial recovery audit contractors.
Home health and hospice company Amedisys will acquire Associated Home Care for up to $38 million, including up to $10 million to be paid Associated's CEO.
Ascension is looking to its Caribbean joint venture with India's Narayana Health to provide a model for enhancing hospital productivity. But bringing the model home would require major changes in physician and nurse behavior, an overhaul in surgical and postoperative care, and regulatory reforms.
Restructuring costs put a slight damper on Henry Schein's fourth-quarter earnings despite positive revenue growth across the company's businesses. Full-year results were slightly stronger.
Nearly 10.7 million Medicare beneficiaries have received discounts totaling over $20.8 billion on prescription drugs, an average of $1,945 per beneficiary, since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, according to new data released by HHS.