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HHS data indicates quality improvements, Medicare savings

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Preliminary data indicate positive improvements in both patient safety and avoiding costs associated with preventable hospital-induced harm to patients. In an announcement earlier this week, the Department of Health & Human Services...

Negative profits, limited ICD-10 prep in 2014 for physicians

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Physicians are concerned about the financial future of their practices, according to new findings from the Practice Profitability Index (PPI). In the second-annual survey by CareCloud and QuantiaMD, more than 5,000 physicians provided...

Identifying key stakeholders, activities of claims processing

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Reimbursement is changing in healthcare. Even before elements of the Affordable Care Act began to go into effect, a growing focus on value versus volume has led many healthcare organizations and providers to consider accountable and...

Docs disapprove of tying Medicare reform to ACA mandate

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A sizeable majority of physicians disagree with recent moves on Capitol Hill that ties the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) to the delay of enforcing the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act, according to a...

AMA educates physicians about cost of ACA 90-day grace period

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Association (AMA) has concerns for a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that could catch physician practices unawares and negatively impact their finances. The association is attempting to educate providers and...

Healthcare job market records lowest 3-month gain last month

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The healthcare job market showed its lowest gain on record last month, the Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending reports. In February, healthcare employment in the private sector gained 9,500, the third straight...

AHA aims to integrate behavioral health into care continuum

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Depending on the particular condition of patient, the continuum of care can vary in its scope to include health services and increase the need for improve care coordination and integration. A new initiative drawn up by the American...

Will managing risk consume too many healthcare resources?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Executive leadership at healthcare organizations view regulatory changes and increased regulatory scrutiny as a major strategic risk and one that is going to impact spending across the organization, according to a survey conducted by North...

House-approved omnibus bill seeks to limit ACA support

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives voted in favor of an omnibus bill that would provide $1.012 trillion in discretionary funding to run the federal government through 2014. On the heels of 359-67 vote heralded as a bipartisan...

Health spending growth remains low for 4th-straight year

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary has reported that national health expenditures have seen four consecutive years of low growth. The annual growth rate for 2012 was 3.7 percent. Slower growth in...

AMA forecasts busy 2014 with Stage 2 Meaningful Use, ICD-10

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Association is gearing up for an action-packed year, says AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD in a blog post.  Between the implementation of ICD-10, the beginning of Stage 2 Meaningful Use, and several big federal...

Survey: Hospitals slow to adopt accountable care, form ACOs

by Nicole Freeman

A recent survey conducted by Purdue Healthcare Advisors (PHA) revealed that nearly half of hospital executives (46 percent) do not intend to use an accountable care organization (ACO)-like model in their systems. The report also states...

Survey: Physicians believe ACA will bring negative changes

by Nicole Freeman

A recent survey from Jackson & Coker, a subsidiary of Jackson Healthcare, the nation’s third largest healthcare staffing company, shows physicians are dissatisfied with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Over 3,000 physicians in all...

Affordable Care Act to broaden care access from HHS funds

by Nicole Freeman

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $150 million in awards under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to support 236 new health center sites across the country. These investments will help care for approximately 1.25 million additional...

10 steps for providers to survive ARRA, ACA requirements

by Sponsored Content

Controversial from the start, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was landmark legislation three years ago. It remains front and center after being tested by the Supreme Court, a Presidential re-election, and most recently, a government...

ICD-10, ACA survey shows concerns for impact on daily tasks

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

It’s an understatement that ICD-10 and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will lead to major changes in the healthcare industry. Hundreds of thousands of new codes and millions of newly-insured individuals should have healthcare...

What the government shutdown means to Medicare, Medicaid

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: The federal government has agreed to a temporary plan to reopen the government. For news on the latest impact of the government shutdown on Medicare and Medicaid, visit HealthPayerIntelligence.com. For the Department of Health...

HHS: ACA saved $1.7 billion in premium costs in 2012

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working, says the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in a new report about the effectiveness of the healthcare overhaul.  Almost 7 million people saved approximately $1.7 billion in reduced...

How hospital mergers affect healthcare reform expectations

by Sponsored Content

There is great uncertainty among healthcare officials when considering the effects of increased hospital consolidation. Proponents of hospital mergers emphasize that such a refashioning of the industry will result in lower costs and...

70% of providers try to cut costs in face of healthcare reform

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers are doing their best to trim their budgets in preparation for costly healthcare reform, according to a new survey by Provista.  In a poll of 359 ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), cancer centers, home health agencies,...



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