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Hospital Reimbursement

Federal Policies to Decrease Hospital Payments by $218B by 2028

June 19, 2018 - Several federal policies since 2010 will reduce hospital payments by a total of $218.2 billion by 2028, a new report from the health economics consulting firm Dobson | DaVanzo and Associates revealed. The report commissioned by the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) determined the cumulative federal hospital payment reduction stemming...


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CMS OKs Maryland’s All-Payer Alternative Payment Model Expansion

by Jacqueline LaPointe

CMS greenlighted an expansion of an all-payer alternative payment model in Maryland that allows the state to set hospital reimbursement rates, the office of Governor Larry Hogan recently announced. Maryland’s unique alternative...

Medical Prices Grew 28% for Hospital E&M Services Since 2012

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Medical prices for hospital evaluation and management (E&M) services rose 28 percent and allowed amounts increased 26 percent between May 2012 and 2017, the most recent FH Medical Price Index from FAIR Health revealed. The analysis of...

Fewer Hospitalizations Reduced Skilled Nursing Facility Use by 15%

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Skilled nursing facility (SNF) utilization has declined 15 percent from 2009 to 2016, a new Avalere analysis revealed. The analysis of Medicare fee-for-service claims revealed that SNF utilization dropped from 1,808 SNF days per 1,000...

MO Court Bans CMS from Altering DSH Medicaid Reimbursement Rules

by Jacqueline LaPointe

A District Court in Missouri prohibited CMS from enforcing a 2017 final rule and two Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from 2010 that would alter the formula for calculating hospital-specific limits for  Medicaid reimbursement under...

Hospital Cost-Shifting Increases Private Payer Payments by 1.6%

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Healthcare organizations that faced Medicare reimbursement reductions under the Affordable Care Act engaged in hospital cost-shifting that resulted in 1.6 percent higher average payments from private payers, a new working paper from the...

Limited Quality Benefits for Early Pay-For-Performance Adopters

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The impact of hospital pay-for-performance models, such as Medicare’s Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program (HVBP), have been “limited and disappointing” over the past decade, researchers stated in a new BMJ study. The...

3 Strategies to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates, Costs

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Providers understand that high hospital readmission rates spell trouble for patient outcomes. But excessive rates may also threaten a hospital's financial health, especially in a value-based reimbursement...

AHA Opposes Medicare Reimbursement Cut for Early Hospice Care

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Congress should not pass a proposed policy to reduce Medicare reimbursement rates to hospitals discharging patients to hospice care earlier than the expected, the American Hospital Association (AHA) advised. The proposed policy builds on...

HHS Offers Special Medicare Reimbursement After Hurricane Irma

by Jacqueline LaPointe

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, HHS re-opened the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Definitive Care Reimbursement Program, a special Medicare reimbursement program that ensures hospitals and other medical facilities receive payment...

CMS Ups Medicare Reimbursement for Inpatient Admissions $2.4B

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Medicare reimbursement updates and other payment policy changes finalized in a new rule from CMS will boost inpatient hospital payments by $2.4 billion in 2018 and decrease long-term care hospital payments by $110 million. “This...

Hospital Orgs Oppose Site-Neutral Medicare Reimbursement Cuts

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Several hospital groups recently spoke out against proposed 2018 Medicare reimbursement updates that would reduce site-neutral payments to off-campus provider-based departments from 50 percent of the outpatient rate to 25 percent. CMS...

Hospitals, ASCs, 340B Drugs Face Medicare Reimbursement Changes

by Jacqueline LaPointe

CMS recently proposed a rule that would update Medicare reimbursement rates for hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers as well as change some prescription drug rates to 340B hospitals. Hospitals would see a 2 percent Medicare...

CMS Suggests Hospital Medicare Reimbursement Policy Changes

by Jacqueline LaPointe

CMS recently suggested changes to Medicare reimbursement policies for hospital admissions and long-term care hospital stays as well as several recommendations for other Medicare value-based purchasing programs. The proposed rule released...

Does Higher Hospital Profitability Drive Up Healthcare Costs?

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The push to maximize hospital profitability across for- and non-profit organizations is driving up healthcare costs, contends a new commentary in The American Journal of Medicine. Hospitals are focusing on boosting profitability rather...

Wisconsin Hospital Questions Hospital Profitability Study

by Catherine Sampson

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...

Value-Based Care Leads to Higher Costs for Surgical Complications

by Catherine Sampson

As a result of recent efforts to bring value-based care to the reimbursement cycle, it’s now more important for both providers and payers to gain an understanding about the link between costs and surgical complications, according to...

CMS Plans to Reverse Two-Midnight Rule for Medicare Payments

by Catherine Sampson

On April 18, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that addresses the problematic two-midnight rule that produced 0.2 percent payment reductions for certain hospital inpatient services. The new rule...

Rural Hospitals May Get Senate Help with Medicare Reimbursements

by Catherine Sampson

As the healthcare industry shifts from volume to value, hospitals are expected to provide quality care as many could also potentially face lower Medicare reimbursements. At the same time, many hospitals in rural and economically distressed...

Cancer Costs Don’t Rise Faster than Other Healthcare Spending

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Cancer-related healthcare costs have increased at almost the same rate as non-cancer healthcare spending since 2004, according to a recent study by Milliman and the Community Oncology Alliance. The study counteracts the common misbelief...

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