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  April 15, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

To Improve Hospital Collections, Move Revenue Cycle Up Front

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Although the idea of collecting money up front—or at least verifying insurance details to be certain the payer will ultimately reimburse for services—seems basic, it's surprisingly uncommon in the healthcare industry. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

AHA: Obama Budget Proposes 'Troubling Reductions'

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. >>>

Moody's: Sequestration Threatens Not-For-Profit Hospitals

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. >>>

Doctor's Double-Billing Illustrates Broken System

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. >>>

Two Hospital Merger Deals Collapse

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. >>>

Radiologists Push Back on Reimbursement Cuts

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. >>>

Disparity Evident in Navigator Grants

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. >>>

HCA, First Choice ER Form Alliance in Texas

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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News Headlines

Obama sees insurers; Health law is subject

The New York Times, April 15, 2013

Healthcare providers want faster changes in payments

USA Today, April 15, 2013

More often, hospitals decide not to admit patients

York Daily Record, April 15, 2013

Opinion: Why Obama's budget could make health waves

NPR, April 12, 2013

Obamacare supporters want another bill to tackle costs.

The Washington Post, April 12, 2013

FL House rolls out health insurance plan

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, April 12, 2013

Highlights from Obama's budget proposal

The New York Times, April 11, 2013

Obesity causing healthcare costs to rise

News & Observer, April 11, 2013

Highmark reports $15.2 billion in revenue; net profits slide

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 11, 2013

AG: ME Gov's plan to pay off hospital debt is constitutional

Bangor Daily News, April 10, 2013



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