Will Foltz

Will Foltz
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.
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Hospital Construction

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…

June 20, 2017 Read more
quality of care

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…

June 6, 2017 Read more

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 the service. That rarely covers the…

May 16, 2017 Read more
quality of care

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, which penalize facilities with low quality scores. Since…

May 2, 2017 Read more

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 still isn’t a clear…

April 27, 2017 Read more

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 costs. First mandated by the federal government in 1974,…

April 18, 2017 Read more
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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 based upon the theory that social factors like stable…

April 10, 2017 Read more