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In CO, a tale of two hospitals
Aspen Valley Hospital will give its employees an average pay increase of 2.4% this month, while the Vail Valley...
Twin Cities’ Children’s Hospital plans up to 250 job cuts
Children's Hospital says it plans to eliminate 200 to 250 jobs by mid-November, citing a drop in patients, an increase...
Web Exclusive: Study: Physicians Change Treatment Patterns to Offset Payment Cuts
Cutting or changing physician reimbursement doesn't always produce the desired cost savings, as physicians are likely...
How Quality Will Pay for Hospitals Under New Reform Measures
Hospitals will feel the pressure to maintain continuous quality improvement or risk being penalized under reform...
Web Exclusive: CMS Needs to Monitor Access, Quality of New ESRD Bundled Payment Program
The use of bundled payments for treatment of Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease will officially begin...
Murrieta, CA, hospital's Medicare funding to be cut in wake of inspection
Days after California officials announced that Southwest Healthcare System in Murrieta had received the state's first...
Web Exclusive: Reducing Readmissions: Are Quality Payments a Carrot or Stick?
Could proposed reductions in Medicare payments for unplanned readmissions be seen as a carrot or a stick for the...
Web Exclusive: Episode-Based Payments: Finding A New Way to Pay for Quality Care
While many questions still surround episode-based payments, they show promise in terms of promoting quality care.
CMS proposes quality improvements and other changes for hospital services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a proposed rule that will update payment rates for 2009 and...
CMS proposed rule could significantly expand quality measures
CMS released its IPPS proposed rule for fiscal year 2009, and although hospitals will see few changes to Medicare...

Book: The Healthcare Executive's Guide to Urgent Care Centers and Freestanding EDs
One in five Americans lacks adequate access to primary care physicians and even those patients with insurance and a...
Audio Conference: Proactively Defend Against Recovery Auditor Prepayment Reviews
Recovery Auditor prepayment reviews are the latest wrinkle to be thrown at providers. This audio conference will help...
Continuing Education: Level of Care Determinations for 2014: Las Vegas, NV
Attend the half-day seminar, Outpatient, Observation or Inpatient? Continuing to Walk the Tightrope of Regulatory...
Continuing Education: OPPS and IPPS Reimbursement Fundamentals: Las Vegas, NV
Attend OPPS and IPPS Reimbursement Fundamentals, a half-day seminar on October 2nd in Las Vegas. Learn how CMS...
Webcast: Value-Based Purchasing and Documentation Improvement
If your CDI program has not incorporated value-based purchasing (VBP) measures into its review efforts, now is the time...
Audio Conference: 2014 IPPS Final Rule Explained
The sheer volume of new payment and quality information, along with new patient status proposals that will be in the...
Audio Conference: Recovery Auditor Update: Changes to the Appeals Process and Payment Reviews
In this 90-minute audio conference, experts Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CHCO, and Ralph Wuebker, MD, MBA, provide an...