Medicare to pay flat rate for clinic visits November 27, 2013 Despite criticism from hospitals and doctors, the CMS intends to pay flat rates for Medicare visits to outpatient clinics instead of payments that vary with the severity of the patient's condition. However, the agency decided not to enact a similar policy for emergency-room visits—at least...
Obama turns from ACA damage control to promotion December 03, 2013 Assuring the public that HealthCare.gov is now working for most users, President Barack Obama has asked Americans for their help in spreading the word about the benefits of his healthcare reform law.
Multipronged program improves patient handoffs, researchers say December 03, 2013 Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School say a multipronged program that includes staff education, improved oversight and use of an electronic tool can improve the process by which clinicians transfer responsibility for a patient.
Hospitals facing big divide in pro- and anti-ACA states November 30, 2013 Experts say states' healthcare reform choices could make a big financial and patient-care difference for hospitals across the country, which could lead to a big divide in hospital financial health and healthcare access, producing two different U.S. healthcare systems.
As deadline passes, problems remain for HealthCare.gov December 02, 2013 HealthCare.gov fell far short of federal expectations Monday, prompting technicians to queue users to alleviate overloading even though the number of users had reached only 70% of the target capacity.
CMS works with insurers on inaccurate enrollment data December 04, 2013 The CMS is working to calm the nerves of insurers rattled by inaccuracies in enrollment information from HealthCare.gov, which insurers worry could prevent consumers from getting coverage on Jan. 1.
Judge to rule on Obamacare subsidies December 04, 2013 Healthcare reform opponents Tuesday argued a closely watched, last-ditch lawsuit to scuttle Obamacare in a federal court in Washington, and the judge said he would issue a ruling as soon as he could.
Tuomey names interim CEO in wake of ruling it owes feds $237M December 02, 2013 Tuomey Healthcare System, the South Carolina hospital that saw its longtime CEO leave in the wake of a large jury verdict against the organization, has appointed a new interim top executive through a corporate turnaround firm.
CMS offers HealthCare.gov workaround to enroll Medicaid applicants December 02, 2013 The federal HealthCare.gov enrollment portal still isn't able to transmit completed applications to state Medicaid agencies, so the CMS is suggesting a workaround to make sure Medicaid-eligible applicants to the site get coverage that begins Jan. 1.
Cross Country acquires On Assignment's healthcare division December 03, 2013 Staffing firm Cross Country Healthcare, Boca Raton, Fla., expanded its workforce services and geographic footprint with the acquisition of Calabasas, Calif.-based On Assignment's allied healthcare division. On Assignment, meanwhile, announced an agreement to buy CyberCoders, a recruiting division...