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The Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program, which aims to test payments to rural facilities under a “reasonable cost-based methodology” for Medicare inpatient services, has 17 returning and 13 new participants as part of a five-year extension of the program.

A California judge ruled Sacramento-based Sutter Health “intentionally destroyed” 192 boxes of documents which were sought in an antitrust lawsuit against the not-for-profit health system.

Shareholders of the Advisory Board Company signed off on the $1.3 billion sale of its healthcare division to UnitedHealth Group’s Optum health services segment.

Policymakers may think elderly Americans should be satisfied with their Medicare coverage, but, according to new research from the Commonwealth Fund, they come in last place when compared to senior healthcare in 10 other countries.

Price growth in healthcare was at a 1.1 percent annual rate as of Sept. 2017 compared to the year prior, according to the Altarum Institute, coming close to the all-time low of 0.9 percent annual growth seen in Dec. 2015.

 

Recent Headlines

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).

New York public hospitals eliminating 476 positions

The largest public health system in the U.S., NYC Health + Hospitals, announced on June 2 it will lay off 396 managers and eliminate 80 currently unfilled positions as it faces a projected budget of $6 billion through 2020.

Insurers favor value-based contracts, but few are available

The majority of health plans responding to a Avalere Health survey said they have favorable attitudes towards value-based contracts, though smaller numbers of insurers are actually pursuing or have entered into those agreements.

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