Despite a more-than rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act, and increasing claims that the employer-mandate is growing more unpopular, the healthcare reform law has potentially strengthened the appeal of such a provision.
Experimentation is the name of the game in a vastly complex healthcare industry. Insurers toy with new, innovative payment methods constantly, and all have a similar goal in mind: improve the quality of care while also lowering costs.
Five years ago, Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Florida faced a $124 million loss and was close to shutting its doors for good. Today, the 400-bed, not-for-profit hospital can boast of a complete financial turnaround. In this exclusive interview, Rudy Braccili Jr., executive director of revenue cycle services, tells FierceHealthFinance about the reasons behind the hospital's new-found success.
Several California health professionals have formed the Coalition for Quality Hospital Care in response to Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s plan to cancel contracts with independent physicians, according to an announcement from the group. One Tenet hospital spokesperson says the plans are in the nascent stages and that it has included staff physicians in the process.
An affiliate of the Wisconsin Hospital Association released its latest version of its PricePoint price information system for inpatient procedures earlier this week, and it continues to show that provider charges are all over the map.
Hospitals have been accused of using the discounts available as part of the 340B drug discount program to line their pockets with profits. But facilities are also apparently using the money for another purpose: to acquire community oncology practices, OncLive reported.
The Tuscon, AZ-based Carondelet Health Network agreed to pay $35 million to settle charges that it improperly billed the Medicare program between 2004 and 2011 for inpatient rehabilitation services that were not reimbursable.
As patients gain more control over their healthcare and demand more of a role in the decision-making process, hospitals, doctors and front-line workers must engage them in conversations about cost and quality care matters, panelists agreed during an Institute for Healthcare Improvement discussion Thursday afternoon.
In order to boost patient satisfaction and reduce suffering throughout the healthcare continuum, nurses must improve the perception of patient care that they provide every day, according to Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses.
As hospitals and health systems consolidate into large companies that focus more on the bottom line, healthcare leaders must remember the importance of empathy and humanity, according to a blog post from Eric J. Hall, president & CEO of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network in New York, New York.