Christopher Cheney is the senior finance editor at HealthLeaders Media.
Low-performing hospitals must focus on reducing complications and readmissions to close the gap on high-performing organizations, researchers say.
Medicare's most popular ACO program is criticized for failing to save taxpayer dollars and perpetuating a fee-for-service approach to the financing of healthcare services.
Physician group calls on federal officials to foster stability in insurance market and to ensure that new major healthcare-reform initiatives place a premium on prevention and care coordination.
Despite headwinds, Medicare officials are launching mandatory cardiac-care bundled payments and expanding similar episode-of-care reimbursement programs for orthopedic care.
The forecast for healthcare finance in 2017 hinges largely on the fate of Obamacare, a couple of anti-trust cases, and a new law that relaxes oversight on drug and device makers.
Webinars detail the new Medicare Quality Payment Program's two-track structure, which kicks off with voluntary performance-category reporting in January.
A U.S. District Court ruling has stated flatly for the second time this year that Medicare's bloated disputed-claims appeals backlog violates the law and must be fixed.
Beginning in March, hospitals will be required to notify Medicare beneficiaries of the financial consequences of receiving at least 24 hours of hospital services under outpatient status.
Healthcare providers should consider multiple factors when launching price transparency initiatives.
Boston-based Steward Health Care, a for-profit health system, uses a multi-layered approach to engage patients as financial partners.