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Medicare outpatients pay much more at critical access hospitals

Medicare outpatients pay much more at critical access hospitals

Many Medicare beneficiaries treated at primarily rural "critical access" hospitals end up paying…

Growing economy increases Medicaid returns for some providers

Growing economy increases Medicaid returns for some providers

With an improving fiscal climate, some states are paying their Medicaid providers more. More…

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Using Analytics to Improve Costs and Quality

Using Analytics to Improve Costs and Quality

This case study illustrates how a payer with 10 accountable care arrangements and a number of other provider…

Key for Health Plans in a Shared Risk Environment

Information sharing enables health plans to leverage data and analytical assets to deliver sustained value.…

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Healthcare mergers and acquisitions in 2016: Running list

Healthcare mergers and acquisitions in 2016: Running list

While 2015 was a record-breaking year in healthcare mergers and acquisitions, 2016 is also poised for more change as organizations across the industry adjust and adapt to the evolving financial landscape.

Once-failing hospitals say accountability, transparency key to surviving fallout from failing patient safety grades

Once-failing hospitals say accountability, transparency key to surviving fallout from failing patient safety grades

When Leapfrog released their Spring 2016 patient safety grades recently, 15 hospitals got slapped with a very public 'F' grade casting a spotlight on them that no institution wants. But with more patients weighing public hospital grades, experts, as well as a few…

Analyze this: Health systems, health plans get to the core of big data

Analyze this: Health systems, health plans get to the core of big data

Pamela Peele knows that people who subscribe to cooking magazines have a much higher risk of going to the emergency room. But how she knows that is a whole other story.

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Credible, Defensible Estimates

Credible, Defensible Estimates

In healthcare, every interaction with the patient matters. Especially in today’s environment of continuous improvement, efforts have been concentrated on coordination among providers, the patient care experience and quality outcomes – all laudable goals.

Gaining Actionable Insight into Financial Systems and Areas Impacting the Revenue Cycle

Gaining Actionable Insight into Financial Systems and Areas Impacting the Revenue Cycle

Hospital systems across the country are looking to streamline their billing and collection processes to become more efficient and better compete in their markets. The challenge many face is how to turn the data that's already flowing through financial systems into…

Clinical Quality Measures 101

Clinical Quality Measures 101

Although quality-reporting programs such as meaningful use provide incentives to help providers implement and use electronic health records (EHRs) to collect and report on clinical data, practices often need help deciding what data to collect, which measures to…