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The Secret of Success for Independent and Thriving Hospitals?

The Secret of Success for Independent and Thriving Hospitals? Consolidation remains a major trend in the healthcare industry, especially among hospitals. In 2016, there were 102 announced partnership and transaction deals, compared to 66 in 2010, according to a Kaufman, Hall & Associates analysis. In the current climate of declining…

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Generic Medications Aren’t Easy Solution to Growing Drug Expenditures

Generic Medications Aren’t Easy Solution to Growing Drug Expenditures Recent years have seen increasing growth in overall prescription drug spending, driven in part by increased demand from the larger insured population and the introduction of new branded pharmaceuticals. It’s long been understood that generic and biosimilar pharmaceuticals have the potential…

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Readmission Prevention Not Always Worth the (Financial) Cost

Readmission Prevention Not Always Worth the (Financial) Cost A recent study that has been covered in several news outlets proposes an interesting conclusion: hospital quality improvement initiatives that successfully reduce preventable readmissions may not always be cost effective. The study, “Economic Evaluation of Quality Improvement Interventions Designed to Prevent Hospital…

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Can a Medicaid Admission be Profitable?

Can a Medicaid Admission be Profitable? Medicaid reimbursement has traditionally been something of a bitter pill for healthcare providers, especially acute-care hospitals. Medicaid rates vary across states and locations, but the average figure is usually said to be only about 60 percent of Medicare or private insurer rates, depending on…

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Value-Based Purchasing: A Bad Deal for Safety-Net Hospitals?

Value-Based Purchasing: A Bad Deal for Safety-Net Hospitals? Hospitals are facing more pressure to improve outcomes and deliver better care than ever before. In addition to the spread of performance-based reimbursement agreements, acute-care providers are also subject to regulatory programs, such as the value-based purchasing (VBP) and readmissions reduction programs,…

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Instituting True Risk-Based Payments

Instituting True Risk-Based Payments Guest post by Mark Marten of HealthCare Information Management, Inc In a time where many in this nation are confused about the direction of health care, we look toward the future. Regardless of the design one thing is clear, we need more accountability in health care. There…

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Why do Some States Still Require Certificates of Need?

Why do Some States Still Require Certificates of Need? When it comes to state-level healthcare policy, possibly the longest-running and most controversial issues is the certificate of need (CON) process. CON laws are intended to reduce overutilization, duplication of services, and other wasteful capital spending that can drive up health…

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Sociological Needs May Hold Key to Cutting Costs, Readmissions

Sociological Needs May Hold Key to Cutting Costs, Readmissions CMS recently identified the 32 participants in its Accountable Health Communities Model, a five-year program designed to test the effectiveness of managing non-clinical health determinants of Medicare and Medicaid populations in order to improve outcomes and lower costs. The model is…

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