William Foltz

William Foltz

William Foltz | wfoltz@definitivehc.com

Will Foltz is a healthcare analyst and blogger at Definitive Healthcare. He also helps create "The Definitive List," a weekly report highlighting specific insights gathered from Definitive Healthcare data. Will joined Definitive Healthcare after its acquisition of US Lifeline, where he worked since 2013. His interests include healthcare law, accountable care, and payment reform.

Articles by William Foltz

Academic Medical Centers
The Unique Struggle of Academic Medical Centers

No sector of the healthcare industry has been spared from the disruptive effects of healthcare reform over the past several years, but academic medical centers have often been singled out as particularly vulnerable to the nationwide changes in health delivery. Academic medical centers (AMCs) not only tend to serve high-need…

Hospital Construction
HCAHPS: What Hospital Patients Care About the Most

Patient experience has taken on new importance in recent years due to new CMS quality and reimbursement initiatives. Today, many hospitals’ Medicare payments are determined in part by their Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores, a standardized program through which patients rate hospitals on 11 key…

opioids hospitals bottom line
CMS’ Blunt Solution to 340B Problems

Earlier in July, CMS issued a proposed rule outlining changes to the 340B program, an initiative through which qualifying hospitals can purchase outpatient drugs at a discount while receiving CMS payments for the average sale price plus a bonus. The rule dramatically cuts the reimbursements for certain drugs, attempting to…

Delays to MACRA Schedule Could Carry Unintended Risks

CMS’ new proposed rule outlining changes to MACRA for 2018 was hailed as good news for providers, expanding reporting exemptions, loosening EHR standards, and delaying cost-based outcome scoring in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The move was widely anticipated, as HHS secretary Tom Price has publicly stated his intent…

Hospital Construction
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 reimbursements and greater emphasis on value-based care, many hospital…

quality of care
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 Readmission,” examined previous research on the cost and…

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