May 03, 2013
U.S. medical schools are on track to increase their enrollment 30 percent by 2017, according to results of the annual Medical School Enrollment Survey conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Center for Workforce Studies, released Thursday.
April 15, 2013
While Republican members of Congress have announced plans to once again use budget measures to attempt to defund key parts of health reform - including nearly $1 billion the Office of Management and Budget requested for CMS, which presumably would be used for the establishment and operation of state health insurance exchanges - their Republican counterparts who occupy state governors' mansions have begun to sing a different tune.
April 15, 2013
The tax-exempt status of hospitals has been under attack for decades. But the public's awareness of the way not-for-profit hospitals operate intensified as the result of some high profile court cases in Illinois and Minnesota.
April 11, 2013
Yesterday, the Obama Administration released its proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2014. As widely reported, the budget incorporates an offer the President made to Congress in December 2012 to achieve nearly $1.8 trillion in additional deficit reduction over the next 10 years.
April 11, 2013
As President Barack Obama takes his budget and deficit-reduction proposals to Congress and the public, the Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled its proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year.
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April 03, 2013
For 15 years, Congress has bestowed special privileges to some small remote hospitals, usually in rural areas, to help them stay afloat. Despite these benefits, there's new evidence that the quality of many of these hospitals may be deteriorating.
April 02, 2013
Under a withering barrage of pressure from the insurance industry, seniors groups and congressional members from both sides of the aisle, CMS on Monday did an about-face and significantly raised its 2014 growth percentage estimate for the Medicare Advantage program.
March 29, 2013
MedPAC has released its annual report to Congress on Medicare Payment Policy, including payment update recommendations for all the major Medicare FFS payment systems and limited Medicare Advantage (MA) recommendations.
March 25, 2013
Medicaid pays for more than 62 percent of all long-term care (LTC) costs in this country so programs to encourage more people to carry long-term care insurance may be needed to lessen the burden to the federal insurance program to the poor.
March 22, 2013
The payment of higher Medicare rates to physicians and hospitals in regions that have good health outcomes and lower costs, while reducing payment rates where there is lesser quality and higher costs will not drive individual providers to deliver care more efficiently reports the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
March 18, 2013
The Congressional Budget Office's reduced estimate of the cost of an SGR repeal may offer an opportunity for the Congress to act, MedPAC said in its annual report to Congress.
March 13, 2013
On Tuesday, the National Labor Relations Board announced it will appeal to the Supreme Court a decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that invalidated appointments to the NLRB made by President Barack Obama last year while lawmakers were on break. At least two healthcare providers are actively opposing decisions made by the board in 2012.
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February 20, 2013
Two percent cuts may not sound deep, but the sequester, scheduled to start March 1 unless Congress acts, will be painful, and has the healthcare industry worried.
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February 13, 2013
Possible cuts in Medicare funding for graduate medical education (GME) that could start as soon as next month come at a critical time when the industry is trying to find solutions to a physician shortage that promises to accelerate through 2020.
February 01, 2013
When Congress passed the early morning fiscal cliff compromise there was largely relief across the country. Unfortunately, when it comes to brinksmanship politics, the fine print can get a bit messy and there is often collateral damage and the healthcare sector took a couple of those hits.
January 31, 2013
Vanguard Health Systems, Inc. today announced financial and operating results for its second fiscal quarter of 2013.
January 28, 2013
Richard S. Foster is retiring this week after 18 years as the chief actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He recently sat down to discuss the highs and lows of his career with Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News.
January 25, 2013
A bipartisan bill introduced by representatives D. Phillip Roe, MD, (R-Tenn.) and Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) and with the support of numerous provider groups, seeks for a second time to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
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January 24, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court solidified the federal government's authority to limit Medicare reimbursement appeals with a unanimous ruling to deny the claims of a group of hospitals seeking compensation for miscalculated payments going back to the late 1980s.
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January 14, 2013
Reimbursement rates for treating Medicare patients will continue to be a major issue for physicians in 2013 some industry experts predict.