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The number of hospital mergers and acquisitions (M&A) has reached 87 through the end of the third quarter, according to an analysis from consulting firm Kaufman Hall, putting 2017 M&A activity in the sector on pace to surpass the 102 deals that were completed in 2016.

The impact of hurricanes Harvey and Irma on hospitals owned by Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA Healthcare was spelled out in a preview of its third quarter earnings report, with the company saying it lost $140 million thanks to additional expenses and lost revenue at its facilities in Texas, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

A bonus of up to 10 percent has been proposed for using an upgraded electronic health record (EHR) system for reporting in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2018, but speakers at two recent industry conventions warned it’s likely not a worthwhile investment for providers.

When the previous administration at CMS finalized rules on mandatory bundled payment models for cardiac and orthopedic care late in 2016, 221 public comments were received. The cancellation of those same bundles, however, drew only 85 official comments as of Oct. 18.

Four accountable care organization (ACO) models generated more in gross savings in 2016, but unlike in previous years, CMS hasn’t publicly touted the results as it re-examines payment models created under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

 

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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?

AHCA could lead to 725,000 fewer healthcare jobs

The Republican-sponsored American Health Care Act (AHCA) could “trigger an economic downturn in nearly every state,” according to a new report from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Commonwealth Fund, with the majority of the job losses coming from the healthcare industry.

AMA 2017: Outpatient services to drive profitable growth for health systems

Health systems looking for ways to grow profits should focus on sites of care and know what kind of insurance plans their patients may be utilizing, with much of the growth being seen in outpatient services.

10 costliest claims conditions account for $1.3B from 2013 to 2016

Sun Life has released its fifth annual “Sun Life Stop-Loss Research Report," outlining the top 10 catastrophic claims conditions. The report provides data from 53,000 claimants and $4.5 billion in stop-loss reimbursements to project changes over time in costs of medical conditions.

Med groups to CMS: Include Medicare Advantage patients under Advanced APMs

Ten healthcare industry groups, including the American Medical Association, have asked CMS to allow Medicare Advantage (MA) patients to count towards the threshold requirements to qualify as an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM).

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