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If payment of cost-sharing reduction subsidies, or CSRs, for insurers offering coverage on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace are terminated, premiums would be 20 percent higher on average in 2018 and federal spending would increase, but the ACA market would remain stable, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

When it comes to finding waste in their labor costs, healthcare leaders need to sweat the small stuff, according to Chip Newton, senior manager at Deloitte Consulting LLP.

CMS has pushed back the deadline for insurers to file their final 2018 rate requests for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges until Sept. 5, giving companies extra time to decide what plans and prices to offer.

Two studies published in the August edition of Health Affairs emphasized while patients like the idea of having healthcare prices available for comparison shopping, in practice, few actually take advantage of the tools.

A proposed rule from CMS offered greater detail on the methodology for implementing the Affordable Care Act’s $43 billion in cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments between 2018 and 2025.

 

Recent Headlines

Providers won’t be able to avoid downside risk much longer

Among hundreds of healthcare finance professionals at a Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) conference presentation, no one could say their systems were taking on downside risk above 5 percent of their total revenue. Francois de Brantes, MS, MBA, vice president of director of the Altarum Institute’s Center for Payment Innovation, said that needs to change.

Aetna moving to New York from Connecticut

Aetna has confirmed its moving its corporate headquarters out of Hartford, Connecticut and into New York City, which offered a package of property and sales tax breaks worth nearly $34 million.

HFMA 2017: Hospital finance execs have ‘significant lack of knowledge’ around MACRA

Nearly halfway through the first year of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act’s (MACRA) new payment tracks and hospital, a majority of hospital finance executives and professionals say understand the requirements of the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) but, in reality, still seem to be confused.

Epic to launch medical billing unit later in 2017

Electronic health record giant Epic is now expanding into medical billing space, according to a new job listing posted on its website.

HFMA 2017: 2 out of 3 patients don’t pay their hospitals bills in full

68 percent of patients with hospital bills under $500 didn’t pay off the full balance by the end of 2016, according a TransUnion Health study released at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) conference in Orlando.

HFMA 2017: ACA repeal bills pose credit risk to hospitals

Whether Republicans’ version of an Affordable Care Act repeal-and-replace bill looks like the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) or the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), it would have a negative impact on the credit ratings of nonprofit hospitals, according to Fitch Ratings.

HFMA 2017: Affiliations, not acquisitions, may be path to value-based care

Transitioning to value-based care and taking on risk is often cited as one of the drivers of the consolidation trend throughout healthcare. Some systems, however, are beginning to look at partnerships more “holistically,” according to Kaufman Hall managing director Anu Singh, MBA, by pursuing creative affiliations to enhance their capabilities rather than a merger or acquisition.

HFMA 2017: Experian’s Nicole Rogas says systems risk ‘financial distress’ if married to old RCM ways

An ever-changing world of reimbursement can be frustrating for those involved in revenue cycle management (RCM). Being too set in your ways to change, however, is one of the most common strategic mistakes seen by Nicole Rogas, MBA, senior vice president of sales at Experian Health.

HFMA 2017: Patientco’s Alan Nalle on how predictive modeling can improve patient billing

Predictive modeling has been shown to help providers assess patient risk for a variety of conditions—which is how the vast majority of hospitals and health systems have been utilizing it.

The hot topics of HFMA 2017

In a year with new payment tracks for Medicare, additional bumps in the road on the path to value-based care and—potentially—an overhaul of health insurance coverage coming through Congress, what are healthcare finance leaders going to be focused on at this year’s conference?

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