CMS Announces Updated Quality Information Including Star Ratings on Hospital Compare Print E-mail
Written by Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services   
Friday, 31 January 2020 18:39

If there's one thing that distinguishes the Trump Administration's historic healthcare agenda, it's the single-minded focus on patients. Everything we do is about empowering patients, and today <1/29/20> CMS took a major step that empowers those receiving care in America's hospitals. We refreshed our Hospital Compare website with updated measurement data and the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings. Today's update puts the most up-to-date hospital quality information at patients' and their families' fingertips so they can make the healthcare choices that are right for them. Hospital Compare is one of our nine Compare websites. Patients and others use it to compare hospitals based on quality, digging down to specific areas of interest - from infection control to value of care to unplanned hospital visits. Hospital Compare reflects a variety of quality data and includes a facility Star Rating, with five stars being best.

From Medicaid to price transparency, here are the 5 biggest health policy controversies in 2019 Print E-mail
Written by Robert King | Fierce Healthcare   
Saturday, 04 January 2020 15:56
 washington-dc-image Washington provided a lot of drama for the payer and provider industries in 2019 with unexpected transparency requirements, payment cuts and major uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There was also no shortage of Medicaid news or tough talk on surprise medical billing. Here are five of the biggest healthcare policy controversies to erupt this year...
Last Updated on Saturday, 04 January 2020 16:16
BDO & PitchBook: Healthcare's Consolidation Funnel Told Through Private Equity Print E-mail
Written by BDO   
Friday, 20 December 2019 17:36

New technologies and entrants, the shift from hospital-focused care to more outpatient and home-based services, and the move towards value-based care continue to create new financial pressures for healthcare organizations. In response, healthcare leaders must reimagine their services and transform their operations. Finding sources of capital to do that is imperative. Though other forms of capital infusion like specialty financing are on the rise, for many organizations, PE financing has become an attractive option. As PE interest in healthcare continues its upwards trajectory, the changing reimbursement environment in healthcare-and the winners and losers created-will point the way toward future consolidation, our latest healthcare report with PitchBook shows. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2019 15:17
Uncompensated care up significantly at U.S. hospitals, led by Southeast Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Monday, 25 November 2019 00:00

Ron Shinkman reports for Healthcare Dive on November 22:

Despite the Affordable Care Act taking hold in recent years, the average amount of uncompensated care reported by hospitals rose to $12.8 million last year, up nearly $1.7 million from 2015, according to a new survey from Definitive Healthcare. Hospitals in the Southeast, where the expansion of Medicaid eligibility has mostly been rejected, saw the greatest growth in uncompensated care between 2015 and 2018. Smaller hospitals were hit particularly hard, with unreimbursed costs rising most among those with 25 beds or less, averaging an 8.5% annual increase between 2017 and 2018. However, hospitals with more than 250 beds had much higher total uncompensated care costs, averaging $39.7 million last year. Definitive surveyed 3,855 U.S. hospitals between 2015 and 2018.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2019 19:03
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Wednesday, 05 February 2020 00:00
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