Tag: Hospitals

Understanding bipartisan push for site-neutral Medicare payments aiming to curb healthcare costs, consolidation

Editor's Note Amid growing concerns over healthcare spending and affordability, there is bipartisan interest in aligning Medicare payments for outpatient services across various care settings through "site-neutral" payments, KFF June 14 reports. As a June 2023 Modern Healthcare article explains, last year Congress reviewed legislation to expand site-neutral payment policies,…

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By: Tarsilla Sampaio Moura
June 18, 2024
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CMS announces new actions to support hospitals under EMTALA

Editor's Note The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced a new initiative to ensure public access to emergency healthcare and assist hospitals in fulfilling obligations under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), a CMS January…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
January 24, 2024
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New Joint Commission certification addresses secondary use of data

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced a new certification program in a December 5 Global Newswire press release. The new certification provides guidance to healthcare organizations on the safe transfer of patient data to third-party organizations.   The voluntary Responsible Use of Health Data (RUHD) Certification program aims to help hospitals…

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By: Brita Belli
December 6, 2023
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Proposed bill seeks to end costly insurance fees on electronic healthcare payments

Editor's Note A new bill introduced by a bipartisan group in Congress seeks to ban fees on electronic healthcare payments from insurance companies, which cost hospitals millions and are a particular burden on hospitals in rural areas, according to a November 28 press release. The bill is called the No…

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By: Brita Belli
November 29, 2023
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Disparity in core cancer services at hospitals serving Black, Hispanic patients

Editor's Note Hospitals that serve a high number of Black and Hispanic patients are much less likely to have advanced medical equipment and core services needed to provide effective cancer care. These research findings were published in JAMA Oncology on November 16.  The researchers analyzed patient data from 4,373 hospitals,…

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By: Brita Belli
November 17, 2023
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Breaking down pain treatments in the OR and ASC

Pain treatments have applications in traditional hospital OR settings and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). “The choice of setting depends on the specific needs of the patient, the type of procedure being performed, and the resources available,” says Wang Lushun, MD, senior consultant orthopedic surgeon at Arete Orthopaedic Centre in Singapore.…

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By: David Cotriss
November 15, 2023
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Children being increasingly treated at children’s, not general, hospitals

Editor's Note A new study finds that children are now much more likely to be treated at children’s hospitals concentrated in a few locations as opposed to general hospitals, JAMA Network October 30 reports. This represents a dramatic shift that has taken place over the past 20 years, according to…

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By: Brita Belli
November 14, 2023
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Colorado-focused report shows wasteful spending, over $130M spent on low-value care

Editor's Note A new report by the Denver-based nonprofit Center for Improving Value in Health Care found that millions are being spent on tests and treatments that have limited value for patient health and well-being, KFF Health News November 13 reports. According to estimates, from 10% to 30% of the…

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By: Brita Belli
November 13, 2023
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Third quarter earnings: UHS, Tenet see financial success; CHS, HCA face challenges

Editor's Note Two major hospital systems–Universal Health Services (UHS) and Tenet Healthcare–saw improved third-quarter profits in 2023, but Community Health Systems (CHS) and HCA Healthcare did not see similar upward trends, HealthLeaders November 3 reports.  According to the article, rising demand in services at UHS drove third-quarter earnings up 6.8%…

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By: Brita Belli
November 7, 2023
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Improvements in HAIs seen in latest hospital safety grades

Editor's Note Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) have improved significantly after infection rates spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the nonprofit safety organization the Leapfrog Group, PRNewswire November 6 reports. According to the data, over 85% of hospitals improved performance on at least one of three dangerous infections: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA),…

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By: Brita Belli
November 6, 2023
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