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Hospitals Face Healthcare Employment Challenges, High Turnover


Recent healthcare employment trends could spell trouble for hospital revenue cycles across the nation. As quality and volume pressures continue to create difficult operational circumstances, some hospitals are finding that increasing turnover...

Hospital Profitability Rises by 35% in Oregon After ACA Passage


Hospital profitability has increased for healthcare organizations across Oregon since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, which enabled more individuals to become insured, the Oregon Health Authority has found. The report revealed...

Non-ACO Hospitals Outperform ACOs in Value-Based Care Programs


To usher in the age of value-based care, CMS has implemented several value-based care programs and introduced various alternative payment models, such as accountable care organizations (ACO). These programs all have a common goal: raise care...

Healthcare Costs Concerns Impact Provider Rationing Behavior


It is not uncommon to hear patients say that healthcare costs are going up, especially as more individuals enroll in high-deductible health plans. But, some providers oftentimes question if they should be responsible for helping to control costs....

HRSA Grants to Boost Healthcare Employment for Primary Care


The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced over $149 million in awards to support healthcare employment efforts to increase the number of primary care providers, the federal agency announced. To help prepare the next...

CMS Shares Open Payments Data to Boost Healthcare Transparency


Healthcare vendors and manufacturers have spent $7.52 billion in payments and ownership and investment interests to providers and teaching hospitals in 2015, according to a press release from CMS. The agency published the payment data from healthcare...

Characteristics of Successful Accountable Care Organizations


As the number of accountable care organizations (ACO) continues to grow, many healthcare providers are all too familiar with the alternative payment model’s overarching goals of improving care quality, advancing population health, and reducing...

Federal Court Denies FTC’s Request to Stop IL Hospital Merger


A federal judge has struck down the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) request to halt a proposed hospital merger between two Chicago-based healthcare organizations, reported the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) News Now website....

Only One-Third of Physicians Approve of Value-Based Care Models


Value-based care models represent the future of patient care and reimbursement structures for most healthcare stakeholders, but some providers may not have such positive views on new payment and care arrangements. If a recent survey is any indication,...

Value-Based Care Implementation Delayed for Most Hospitals


While the federal government has announced explicit goals for implementing value-based care models in the next few years, some healthcare providers may not be ready to completely do away with traditional fee-for-service reimbursement structures....

$2.75B in Unexpected Healthcare Spending Impacts VA Budget


The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has encountered $2.75 billion in unanticipated healthcare spending  during the 2015 fiscal year due to an increase in community care program participation and new hepatitis C drugs, according...

Hospital M&A Driving Variation in Healthcare Costs by Site


As patients are encouraged to shop around for the best price for medical services, many may be shocked to discover how healthcare costs can differ depending on where a patient receives care. These price differences can cause some consumers to...

AHA: Commercial ACO Tax Ruling Impedes Value-Based Care Models


By stripping commercial accountable care organizations (ACOs) of their charitable tax exempt status, the IRS could be threatening the future of value-based care and care coordination, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). In a...

Hospital Profitability Down for 27 Percent of PA Facilities


More than a quarter of acute care hospitals in Pennsylvania failed to achieve profitability in 2015, according to a recent report by the Pennsylvania HealthCare Cost Containment Council (PHC4). Twenty nine percent of the 170 hospitals in...

5 Ways to Increase Hospital Profitability, Aid Revenue Cycle


In this period of healthcare reform, numerous organizations continue to change their business practices so they can obtain more hospital profitability while also delivering quality care. Healthcare expenditures are expected to reach $4.4 trillion...

Wisconsin Hospital Questions Hospital Profitability Study


In a hospital profitability study, researchers from Health Affairs drew the conclusion that Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center earned a profit of $302.5 million, or $4,241 per patient, in 2013. However, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center claimed...

FTC: Hospital Mergers and Acquisitions May Create Monopolies


Antitrust laws that prevent the formation of healthcare monopolies due to large-scale hospital mergers and acquisitions must be enforced in order to prevent skyrocketing healthcare costs, said Federal Trade Commission Chair Edith Ramirez at a...

Providers Spend $15.4B to Report on Healthcare Quality Measures


General internists, family physicians, cardiologists, and orthopedists spend more than $15.4 billion annually to report on healthcare quality measures set by payers, according to a report from Health Affairs. Annually, these four types of practices...

Mixed Results for MSSP Accountable Care Organization Savings


According to a report from Leavitt Partners, 42 percent of accountable care organizations (ACO) residing in high-cost markets in the Medicare’s Shared Savings Program (MSSP) earned shared savings, while only 18 percent of organizations...

5 Ways to Improve Healthcare Supply Chain Management


In this age of payment reform, it’s vital for healthcare supply chain management to be effective if healthcare executives want to reduce costs and improve quality. An efficient supply chain has the ability to improve the delivery of healthcare...


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