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Why Some States Declined to Expand Medicaid

The vast majority of healthcare organizations and professional groups support Medicaid expansion, the Obamacare initiative to widen eligibility for Medicaid to individuals earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level. To them, the benefits of expansion, such as less bad debt and uncollectible bills, better patient access to services,…

Top 10 Hospitals By ER Medicare Payments

It has been reported that after the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, states should expect to see more people using emergency departments. News at JAMA has reported on this prediction, upon analyzing how Massachusetts saw a rise in emergency department visits once it enacted reform. This is notable as…

Top 10 Largest Independent Hospitals

As the healthcare industry changes, it has become increasingly common for independent hospitals to give up their autonomy and affiliate with another hospital or health system. One main driver behind this push is the Affordable Care Act, as it encourages affiliations by rewarding integrated health systems that can achieve their proposed goals…

HHS Unveils $840 Million Grant Program

Patient-focused healthcare is about quality, not quantity. In an effort to emphasize this focus, the Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary announced an initiative and $840 million grant program to help doctors and hospitals improve quality of care while holding down costs. This initiative, named the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative,…

340B Drug Discount Program Under Scrutiny

A new study by Health Affairs has fueled controversy and raised further accusations that hospitals may be using the 340B discount drug program to boost profits instead of helping underinsured patients. The Health Affairs study, conducted by a professor at the University of Chicago and a director at the Memorial…

A New Fiscal Year Begins New Readmission Penalties

October 1, 2014 marked the start of the fiscal year 2015 in the U.S. government. It also marked the start of increasing penalties for hospital readmissions, with the maximum penalty for 30-day readmissions increasing to 3%.  The 3% will be deducted from Medicare inpatient payments. The Hospital Readmissions Reductions Program…

Preventing Readmissions Saves Dignity Health $30 Million

Over two years Dignity Health has reported saving approximately $30 million by preventing readmissions.  By reducing hospital-acquired infections and readmissions, Dignity Health was able to positively affect more than 10,000 patients. To accomplish this, Dignity Health leveraged evidence-based practices and nurse training programs that focus on preventing readmissions and hospital-acquired…

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