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Hospital Construction
Commercial Groups Driving Force Behind ACOs Development

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are often touted as the healthcare delivery model of the future. Though CMS’ Medicare Shared Savings Program gets lots of attention from analysts and the media, the real direction of ACOs is being determined behind the scenes in the private sector. Commercial ACOs cover millions of…

Urgent Care Facilities
Urgent Care a Growing Priority for Hospitals

When it comes to high-growth healthcare fields, urgent care ranks near the top. The growth of the insured population through subsidized premiums and Medicaid expansion has led to a greater demand for primary care. With physician shortages already affecting some areas, hospitals and independent corporations have looked to urgent care…

affordable care act
Why Not All Hospitals Would Suffer Under a Full ACA Repeal

As the repeal of the Accountable Care Act looms, many within the healthcare industry are uncertain over what its replacement will look like and how it will affect insurance coverage, reimbursement, and hospital revenue. While many have projected what could happen given a full repeal without replacement, it’s worth looking…

Hospital Quality of Care
ACO Participation Associated with Improvements in HACs

As the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) enters its fourth performance year, the growing volume of data has given analysts a better opportunity to assess the initiative’s overall impact on quality and spending. One study published in Health Affairs found that hospitals affiliated with ACOs had better readmission rates from…

Hospital Quality Measures
HAIs: Hospitals Struggle to Make Consistent Progress

The Department of Health and Human Services released a report highlighting recent improvements in hospital care quality, specifically lower rates of hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HACs declined by 21 percent from 2010 to 2015, representing an estimated 125,000 patient deaths averted and…

Medicare and Medicaid Bundled Payments
Top 10 Outpatient Diagnoses

Outpatient care has taken up an increasingly larger share of hospitals’ overall revenue and resources, especially as organizations try to reduce unnecessary admissions and lower costs. In 2014, over half of hospitals’ net patient revenue came from outpatient care. Based upon a review of Definitive Healthcare, the current state of…

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