May 20, 2013
Dr. Thomas Bellavia transformed his traditional medical practice in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., into a so-called medical home where patients are seen by teams of doctors and nurses. He says it has paid off in better, more coordinated care for his patients and healthier income for the nurse practitioners and physicians in his group.
May 15, 2013
The federal government has uncovered a string of alleged Medicare fraud attempts totalling $223 million and involving 89 individuals in eight cities.
May 03, 2013
Nonprofit hospitals in California are facing the possibility of having to prove they provide the necessary amount of charity care to justify their tax-exempt status.
May 01, 2013
The Ensign Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENSG), the parent company of the Ensign(TM) group
of skilled nursing, rehabilitative care services, home health, hospice
care, assisted living and urgent care companies, announced today that
it acquired Cascade Vista and its sister facility Cascade Plaza, both
located in Redmond, Washington.
April 22, 2013
According to research done by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and published in the May issue of Medical Care, magnet hospitals have both lower patient mortality rates and better patient outcomes, due in part to more investments in nursing at these organizations.
April 18, 2013
The healthcare industry has been notoriously slow at identifying methods and tools it needs to reduce costs and improve quality noted a report by healthcare investment firm the Psilos Group, but health reform is producing promising opportunities for investors to fuel needed innovations.
April 15, 2013
Doctor-owned hospitals are earning many of the largest bonuses from the federal health law's new quality programs, even as the law halts their growth.
April 15, 2013
In January, the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s individual mandate will enter the next phase of its roll out. Millions of uninsured Americans will face penalties if they do not enroll in a health plan. Uninsured problem solved, right?
April 01, 2013
CEP America, one of the nation's leading providers of hospital-based physician management solutions, is pleased to announce the expansion of its partnerships with Palomar Health and Madera Community Hospital in California.
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March 26, 2013
Only 10.9 percent of payments to doctors and hospitals in the commercial sector in 2013 are linked to their performance or designed to cut waste, according to the National Scorecard on Payment Reform released by the Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR), a non-profit group of employers and large healthcare purchasers that advocates for paying for value.
March 25, 2013
So far California has received $910 million in federal grants to launch its new health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare").
March 19, 2013
Hospital ratings often come to wildly different conclusions. Some hospitals rated as outstanding by one group are ignored or panned by another. Ratings results from an individual group can change significantly from year to year. Instead of offering clarity, hospital ratings often yield confusion.
March 14, 2013
Thousand Oaks Radiology Group, an 8-physician practice based in Thousand Oaks, Calif., has chosen McKesson Revenue Management Solutions (RMS) to provide comprehensive medical billing and accounts receivable management services.
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.
March 11, 2013
Health reform is driving changes in the make-up of California healthcare markets, whether it's more construction in San Diego County or more integration and affiliations in Los Angeles County.
March 11, 2013
Last April, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued criminal background check guidance that has caused consternation among some senior living facility owners. What are the issues and how should companies handle the new guidance?
March 06, 2013
While many companies across the country are seeing positive results and cost savings through their workplace wellness programs, a new study from Health Affairs suggests that the savings employers may strive for with these programs may more likely come from cost shifting to the most vulnerable employees rather than employees' improved health.
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February 26, 2013
Hospital administrators in Washington, D.C., are furiously lobbying against a bill modeled on a California law that would require them to maintain a minimum nurse-to-patient ratio at all times.
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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 18, 2013
A report released last month by the California HealthCare Foundation found that total and operating margins in the state's hospitals were higher than they have been in the past nine years -- 5.1 percent and 3.1 percent respectively. But looking beyond those two basic numbers, hospitals are working on razor-thin margins.