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Two-Midnight Rule Creates Financial Hurdles, Perverse Incentives

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

The controversial two-midnight rule goes into effect tomorrow, creating new economic challenges for hospitals and health systems. Reimbursements will drop for the same level of care, say healthcare leaders, who will be forced to choose between doing what's right and gaining revenue. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Can Hospitals Pay Patients' Health Insurance Premiums?

It's not clear whether hospitals can legally advance patients premium money for coverage obtained from health insurance exchange markets. But the potential for conflict is apparent. >>>

Win-Win Payments for Providers and Payers

As healthcare moves away from fee-for-service to reimbursement models that reward quality and value, payers and providers are entering into new contract arrangements designed to align their financial incentives. >>>

Heart Attack Patient Costs Skyrocket Beyond 30 Days

Three-quarters of the total cost increase for patients with a heart attack was incurred for services between the 31st and the 365th day, according to a new study of Medicare cost trends in 1998-2008. >>>

US Health Coverage Rebounds—For Now

After two decades of mostly declines, the percentage of Americans with health insurance inched up between 2011 and 2012, according to a new study. But with the advent of health insurance exchanges, the future level of insured people is impossible to know. >>>

Docs Hope for Incentive Bonuses to Offset Smaller Pay Increases

Physician compensation will increasingly include incentives, but the transition may be more of an evolution than a revolution. Meanwhile, primary care doctors may continue to get a "bump up" in salaries. >>>

Insurers Enter HIXs Despite Gaping Uncertainty

Most health insurers say they will take part in health insurance exchanges despite concerns about how the programs will function, technical barriers, and the health status of participants. Meanwhile, a federal study finds that premiums will cost less than originally expected and selection will be broad. >>>

Nurse Leaders: Love the Job, Not the Paycheck

When it comes to job satisfaction, a new survey shows nurse leaders have a lot to like, but about one-third also perceive inequity in treatment compared with non-nursing departments. >>>



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News Headlines

Insurance exchanges will open to scrutiny, curiosity, confusion

NPR, September 30, 2013

Opinion: Dawn of a revolution in healthcare

The New York Times, September 30, 2013

Medicaid 'doughnut hole' leaves many working poor without healthcare subsidies

Star-Telegram, September 30, 2013

Obama denounces 'irresponsible' healthcare critics

USA Today, September 27, 2013

Community Health Systems' $3.9B deal being reviewed by HMA board

The Tennessean, September 27, 2013

Medical supply chain company Premier rises in market debut

Reuters, September 27, 2013

Obamacare's average monthly cost across US: $328

Reuters, September 26, 2013

Lowering healthcare costs is hard because every patient is unique

The Atlantic, September 26, 2013

Average Obamacare premiums will be lower than projected

Kaiser Health News, September 25, 2013

Device prices plunge as hospitals pay less to fix hearts

Bloomberg, September 24, 2013



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