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  1. GAO questions payment methods for certain cancer hospitals

    Certain cancer hospitals that are exempt from the Medicare prospective payment system are paid substantially more than regularly paid teaching hospitals, although their cancer patients are not much sicker, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. OIG: Ohio Medicaid department did not always comply with PPACA requirements during Medicaid fraud allegation reviews

    Ohio's Department of Medicaid didn't always comply with requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in its review of cases where there were credible allegations of fraud between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2013, according to a recent audit from HHS' Office of Inspector General.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Hartford HealthCare, UnitedHealthcare work to reach agreement before contract expires

    UnitedHealthcare members will have to pay more expensive, out-of-network costs at Hartford (Conn.) Hospital and The Hospital of Central Connecticut, a hospital with campuses in New Britain, Conn. and Southington, Conn., or find new providers if the insurer and Hartford HealthCare don't reach an agreement next month, according to a Hartford Courant report.  By Kelly Gooch -

Insulate your physician agreements

Competition and healthcare reform demand that new relationships among providers be created to secure the future financial health of many healthcare institutions. It is crucial that all arrangements among possible referral sources meet all of the requirements of the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute.
  1. 5 most-read finance stories: Week of March 23-27

    Debate about fee for service versus value-based care and the U.S. House voting for apermanent "doc fix"and in favor of repealing the sustainable growth rate formula and credit downgrades captured the attention of Becker's Hospital Review finance readers this week.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 3 emerging challenges for payment and delivery system reform

    As reimbursement moves toward a pay-for-performance system, providers will increasingly be faced with payment reform design and implementation challenges.  By Tamara Rosin -
  3. UCSF Medical Center, John Muir Health to develop accountable care network

    University of California San Francisco Medical Center and Walnut Creek, Calif.-based John Muir Health have finalized an agreement to create a Bay Area healthcare network.  By Elizabeth Earl -
  4. The benefits of capturing waste heat

    Combined heat and power projects can prove beneficial for hospitals, which use massive amounts of energy each day, according to Midwest Energy News.  By Kelly Gooch -
  1. Iowa health groups lobby for proposed bill that would provide oversight for privately managed Medicaid

    A number of health groups are urging members of the Iowa House to pass a bill that would create a legislative panel to oversee implementation of a state shift to privately managed Medicaid, according to The Des Moines Register.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Medicaid expansion advocates put pressure on Missouri legislators

    Advocates for Medicaid expansion in Missouri are making their cause known to state lawmakers, according to The Missouri Times.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Permanent 'doc fix' bill receiving support from Senate Democrats

    Democrats in the U.S. Senate are warming up to legislation that would permanently replace the flawed sustainable growth rate formula and extend the Children's Health Insurance Program for two years, according to a Politico report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. SCI Solutions releases special CFO priorities report

    In a recent report, SCI Solutions released the data of a survey conducted in 2014 with healthcare CFOs.  By Natalie Leoni -
  1. 15 recent hospital, health system capital projects

    Here are 15 capital projects at hospitals and health systems that were recently announced, started, changed or completed, beginning with the most recent.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. 5 recent hospital outlook and rating actions

    The following hospital and health system rating and outlook changes and affirmations took place during the past week, starting with the most recent.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Moody's upgrades Eisenhower Medical Center's outlook

    Moody's Investors Service has upgraded Rancho Mirage, Calif.-based Eisenhower Medical Center's outlook to stable from negative and affirmed the hospital's "Baa2" bond rating.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. House approves GOP budget that overhauls Medicare system

    In a 228-199 vote, House Republicans adopted a 2016 budget on Wednesday, according to a report from The Hill.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. SGR repeal would add $141B to deficit, CBO says

    The bipartisan deal repealing the sustainable growth rate that the U.S. House voted in favor of on Thursday would increase the deficit by $141 billion over 10 years, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.  By Ayla Ellison -
  6. 5 hospital CFOs in the headlines this week

    Here are five hospital and health system CFOs who were in the news this past week.  By Ayla Ellison -
  7. House overwhelmingly votes to repeal SGR

    The U.S. House has voted for a permanent "doc fix" and in favor of repealing the sustainable growth rate formula.  By Ayla Ellison -
  8. Cornell provost: Medical researchers forced out by federal budget cuts

    While President Barack Obama announced his support for precision medicine, it may not be enough to make up for years of medical research budget cuts, according to Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, dean of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and provost for medical affairs at Cornell University.  By Emily Rappleye -
  9. VA to expand eligibility for Veterans Choice Program by changing 40-mile rule

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is changing its guidelines on the distance patients may live from the nearest VA medical center before the federal government will pay for their care at a closer private facility, according to The Washington Post.  By Kelly Gooch -