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Chris Nerney | October 31, 2014 | 11:29 AM | Capital Finance, Operations, Strategic Planning
A number of hospitals are getting into the surgery center business as inpatient surgery cases continue to decline. For hospital CFOs contemplating a surgery center acquisition, there are a number of considerations to take into account. More
WASHINGTON | Healthcare Finance News Staff | October 31, 2014 | 11:07 AM | Reimbursement, Revenue Cycle Management, Policy and Legislation
The CY 2015 final rule for the home health prospective payment system updates Medicare payment rates to home health agencies, and implements the second year of the four-year phase in of the rebasing of the payment system. More
Anthony Brino | October 31, 2014 | 09:06 AM | Revenue Cycle Management, Billing and Collections, Accounting & Financial Management
While some health systems are reluctant to publish prices without reforms of insurance practices and proper context for patients, some are trying to embrace transparency as a new model. Washington State's Everett Clinic is one of those pioneers. More
PHILADELPHIA | Anthony Brino | October 30, 2014 | 11:04 AM | Capital Finance, Hospital/physician relations, Operations
Two health systems set to merge want to "reimagine" healthcare and bring it to the masses, and in a fairly crowded metropolitan area they need economies of scale. More
Tammy Worth | October 30, 2014 | 10:22 AM | Reimbursement, Accounting & Financial Management, Strategic Planning
Insurance industry margins are only about 5 to 6 percent and it is a notoriously difficult business to run. Still, providers are increasingly moving into the insurance industry, and for some, it has been a good addition to their business model. More
Rodney J. Moore | October 30, 2014 | 09:30 AM | Supply Chain, Budgeting, Operations
The ideal prescription for hospitals wanting to reduce their pharmaceutical costs could be tighter controls and staying on top of shortages. More
Anthony Brino | October 29, 2014 | 08:45 AM
HCA's bet on walk-in clinics in a bustling metropolitan area is the latest evidence of the urgent need to improve and diversify the customer experience. More
Frank Irving | October 29, 2014 | 12:36 AM | Revenue Cycle Management, Billing and Collections, Accounting & Financial Management
It's never been more difficult for healthcare providers to collect payment for services provided. These recommendations will help you get the most from your efforts and avoid costly mistakes. More
Ashley Rekem | October 28, 2014 | 11:46 PM | Quality and Safety, Reimbursement
In coming years, health systems will likely take on more risk for the health outcomes of their patient populations. If they are looking to prepare for the inevitable, support programs for Type 2 diabetes may be a good place to start. More
LAS VEGAS | Frank Irving | October 28, 2014 | 04:54 AM | Reimbursement, Hospital/physician relations, Strategic Planning
Characterizing patients as non-compliant has long been an excuse for physicians not fully engaging people, but that needs to change. Patient engagement activities are increasingly important, as practices get more involved in value-based care models such as... More
LAS VEGAS | Frank Irving | October 28, 2014 | 03:20 AM | Revenue Cycle Management, Accounting & Financial Management, Operations
Following an "industrial model of care," New York's Westmed Medical Group analyzes data from more than 2,200 processes and procedures to drive accountability and results. This has led to 15-fold growth and $285 million in annual revenue. More
LAS VEGAS | Richard Pizzi | October 28, 2014 | 02:48 AM | Quality and Safety, Reimbursement, Compliance & Legal
More than 83 percent of physician practices do not believe current Medicare physician quality reporting programs enhanced their physicians' ability to provide high-quality patient care, according to new research released Monday. More