Healthcare industry groups are expressing concern over proposed cuts to Medicare and limits to charitable deductions, but favor the White House budget's proposed delay in cuts to disproportionate share hospital payments. >>>
Although Moody's Investors Service's outlook for the not-for-profit hospital sector is negative, no immediate rating action on any of the hospitals in its portfolio is planned based on the federal sequestration. >>>
A pediatrician's billing policies—and an insurance company's inability to negotiate better terms—perfectly highlight the difficult work in store for those of us who would like to see more value in healthcare. >>>
Sanford Health offers barbed remarks for Fairview Health Services after announcing that their months-long confidential merger talks have ended without a deal. In the Pacific Northwest, Catholic Health Initiatives and Peace Health say their talks have ended. >>>
A 25% multiple procedure payment reduction to Medicare reimbursements for interpretations of advanced diagnostic imaging scans performed on the same patient in the same session is drawing the ire of radiologists. >>>
CMS funding to help states pay for federally required navigator programs isn't nearly enough to adequately help the number of uninsured Americans who are expected to enroll in the health insurance exchanges this October. >>>
The agreement aims to ensure bed availability for patients needing acute care services provided by nearby HCA hospitals. First Choice ER transferring patients will avoid HCA hospitals' emergency departments and will instead be directly admitted when non-emergent criteria are met. >>>
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