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BIRMINGHAM, AL | Richard Pizzi | October 21, 2014 | 11:12 AM | Capital Finance, Construction & Facilities Management
Medical Properties Trust has signed a deal to acquire and lease back substantially all of the real estate assets of privately-held MEDIAN Kliniken Group, the largest private provider of post-acute and acute rehabilitation services in Germany. More
SACRAMENTO, CA | April Dembosky | October 21, 2014 | 10:17 AM | Workforce Management, Budgeting, Strategic Planning
The powerful California Nurses Association has put Ebola on the bargaining table in its negotiations for a new contract with Kaiser Permanente. The health system hasn't responded to all of the CNA's demands. More
Chris Nerney | October 21, 2014 | 09:50 AM | Revenue Cycle Management, Billing and Collections, Accounting & Financial Management
Significant inpatient pricing variation between hospitals in the state of Washington is "putting some consumers at financial risk," according to a recent study by the Washington Health Alliance. But the state's hospitals are questioning the... More
WASHINGTON | Debra A. McCurdy | October 20, 2014 | 10:57 AM | Reimbursement, Policy and Legislation, Compliance & Legal
Last week the HHS Office of Inspector General and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a joint notice continuing the effectiveness of fraud and abuse law waivers granted in 2011 in connection with the Medicare Shared Savings Program. More
Madelyn Kearns | October 20, 2014 | 10:21 AM | Hospital/physician relations, Operations, Strategic Planning
Operating costs, ICD-10, keeping pace with new technologies, and surviving in a world of changing payment models -- those are just some of the challenges of running a modern medical practice. More
Anthony Brino | October 20, 2014 | 08:58 AM | Accounting & Financial Management, Budgeting, Strategic Planning
Variations on traditional group health insurance via insurer-administered self-funding remain the norm for many large employers. But some health systems are considering alternatives in the face of high costs, new regulations and demand for more choice. More
Chris Nerney | October 17, 2014 | 10:22 AM | Capital Finance, Reimbursement, Strategic Planning
Rising interest rates and regulatory oversight will be the top challenges confronting the senior care industry over the next year, according to a new survey of housing and care providers. But industry leaders feel good about a stronger business performance... More
WASHINGTON | Ken Perez | October 17, 2014 | 09:54 AM | Reimbursement, Policy and Legislation, Hospital/physician relations
This week CMS launched an ACO Investment Model, which will provide up to $114 million in upfront investments, to up to 75 Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs. The program aims to help ACOs succeed in the MSSP by providing upfront capital to cover startup and... More
Healthcare Finance News Staff | October 16, 2014 | 03:55 PM
Accenture's 2014 High Performance Finance Study shows that cost control is no longer the primary emphasis for most chief financial officers (CFOs) today. Instead, they are increasingly focused on supporting growth and the broader enterprise... More
Benjamin Harris | October 16, 2014 | 10:19 AM | Reimbursement, Revenue Cycle Management, Hospital/physician relations
Physician practices have the lowest revenue growth in the healthcare industry. When every dollar counts, anything from a lost referral to a bad online review can impact profitability. Here are some common revenue leaks and tips on plugging them. More
Chris Nerney | October 16, 2014 | 08:59 AM | Revenue Cycle Management, Budgeting, Operations
While reducing reliance on expensive inpatient care is a sensible goal for hospitals, the transition away from a bricks-and-mortar, fee-for-service model is creating tremendous pressures on chief financial officers. More
Anthony Brino | October 16, 2014 | 08:20 AM | Quality and Safety, Reimbursement, Strategic Planning
Health systems as well as independent providers have an opportunity to drive best practices in specialty care and secure sustainable revenue with a new business and care model. More