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What CEOs think of candidates’ healthcare ideas

Icon Written by Alex on May 23, 2016 – 6:27 pm

The overwhelming message from the survey, which covered a range of issues raised on the campaign trail this year, was that the next president and Congress should stay the course set by President Barack Obama and the ACA. But healthcare leaders are also looking for the nation’s political leadership to reject complacency and look for ways to [...]



CMS caves to drugmakers’ plea, partially delays enforcement of Medicaid drug rule

Icon Written by Alex on April 5, 2016 – 7:40 pm

Drug manufacturers are breathing a sigh of relief after the CMS announced it will delay enforcement of a rule that changes the way state Medicaid agencies reimburse pharmacies for prescription drugs. The CMS pushed back the enforcement date for inhalation, infusion, instilled, implanted or injectable drugs to July. Pharmaceutical companies wanted a delay until October. On April [...]



Joel Allison to step down as CEO of Baylor Scott & White

Icon Written by Alex on March 3, 2016 – 3:52 pm

Joel Allison, the longtime CEO of Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health, will step down from the sprawling, not-for-profit hospital system early next year. He will assist in finding his successor. Allison joined Baylor’s health system in 1993 as chief operating officer and was promoted to the corner office in 2000. Allison and his wife, [...]



Medicare Advantage payment rates for 2017 will rise by 1.35%

Icon Written by Alex on February 21, 2016 – 7:15 am

Baseline Medicare Advantage payment rates for 2017 will rise by 1.35% on average, an early win for health insurance companies in what is the final Medicare rate battle of the Obama administration. When factoring in the risk coding tendencies, the average change in Medicare Advantage insurers’ revenue will climb 3.55% next year, according to a CMS [...]



Medical schools need to catch up with telemedicine advances

Icon Written by Alex on December 16, 2015 – 6:50 pm

Telemedicine is going to keep expanding, and the medical educational establishment needs to ensure that new doctors have the skills and understanding to use the technology effectively and ensure proper quality of care. So argue a group of educators from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine in an editorial recently published in [...]



Hospitals turn to friendlier tools to collect unpaid bills

Icon Written by Alex on May 19, 2015 – 8:47 am

In one of the bigger ironies of the Affordable Care Act era, when millions of people have gained access to insurance, many providers are reporting an increase in bad debt. The reason: More individuals and families are finding themselves in high-deductible plans as employers shift their benefit packages, and individuals and families buy plans on the federal [...]



Hospitals select preferred SNFs to improve post-acute outcomes

Icon Written by Alex on May 13, 2015 – 9:39 am

Last year, Banner Health officials investigated the operations, culture and quality of care at nearly 100 skilled-nursing facilities in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. The due diligence was done to limit the facilities recommended to patients leaving its hospitals who needed short-term skilled-nursing care, which outside the hospital can be in a nursing home or [...]



ACOs and value-based care evolution

Icon Written by Alex on March 30, 2015 – 12:37 pm

A growing number of health systems, accountable care organizations and medical home-style practices are deploying care coordinators—which some call navigators. Health systems that have invested in care-coordination staffers include Bon Secours Health System, Summa Health System, Mercy Health Select, Partners HealthCare, Advocate Health Care, Banner Health and the University of Michigan Health System. That is changing how [...]



CMS issues draft Stage 3 rules for EHR incentive program

Icon Written by Alex on March 22, 2015 – 5:03 pm

Draft regulations the CMS issued Friday would make significant changes to the federal incentive program that requires doctors and hospitals to adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records. With some exceptions, hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals would be expected to conform to the rules (PDF) by 2018. Physicians and hospitals have lobbied aggressively for the CMS [...]



Kaiser to use renewable energy for 50% of power needs

Icon Written by Alex on February 24, 2015 – 1:53 pm

Kaiser to use renewable energy for 50% of power needs Kaiser Permanente, in what it’s calling the largest renewable energy buy to date for a healthcare organization, plans to purchase enough wind and solar power to supply half of the electricity it uses at its more than 500 buildings in California.