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  1. 117 Medicare statistics to know

    Medicare, now 50 years old, provides health insurance for Americans over the age of 65. Soon after the program's inception in 1966, there were approximately 19 million older citizens enrolled, in 50 years that number has grown to nearly 56 million.  By Max Green -
  2. 10 recent hospital outlook and rating actions

    The following hospital and health system rating and outlook changes and affirmations have taken place since July 17, starting with the most recent.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. LifePoint benefits from acquisitions, gets 21.3% boost in revenue

    Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health reported consolidated revenues of $1.27 billion for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015, up 21.3 percent from $1.05 billion for the same period a year ago.  By Ayla Ellison -

Capturing the lost dollar

The cost of uncompensated care – the sum of a hospital’s bad debt and charity care – has been steeply rising since 2000.  The American Hospital Association (AHA) states uncompensated care cost U.S. hospitals a total of $45.9 billion in 2012 and accounts for 6.1% of total expenses.
  1. 5 healthcare 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 -
  2. UHS net income grows on higher admissions: 5 key points

    King of Prussia, Pa.-based Universal Health Services raised its earnings guidance for 2015 after reporting strong financial and operating results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Moody’s confirms Good Samaritan Hospital’s 'B1' bond rating: 3 things to know

    Moody's Investors Service has confirmed the "B1" bond rating assigned to Lebanon, Pa.-based Good Samaritan Hospital, removing the rating from under review.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. MedPage Today, partner for crowdsourced price database

    New York City-based companies MedPage Today, an accredited medical news service, and, a journalism startup, have partnered to create a crowdsourced price database. By Erin Marshall -

Optimizing the OR for bundled payment

Out of all the innovations developed under Healthcare Reform, bundled payment will likely have the greatest impact on surgeons. Unlike other new payment models, bundled payments directly affect surgeon reimbursement.
  1. Moody's downgrades East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System's outlook to 'Baa3'

    Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Tyler-based East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System's bond rating to "Baa3" from "Baa2," affecting approximately $291 million of outstanding bonds issued by Tyler Health Facilities Development Corporation and Wood County Central Hospital District.  By Erin Marshall -
  2. RCM tip of the day: Don't shy away from transparency

    Transparency can help improve a hospital's bottom line. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. 5 most-read finance stories: Week of July 27-31

    News of hospitals in Nebraska and Arizona losing their Medicare funding captured the attention of Becker's Hospital Review finance readers this week.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Feds cut off Medicare payments to Maine hospital

    The government has terminated its Medicare contract with Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick, Maine, which filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in June, according to The Forecaster.  By Ayla Ellison -
  1. The role of private payers in Medicare, Medicaid: 7 things to know

    On the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid this July 30, private health insurance payers continue to play a large role in their continuation, according to a New York Times article. By Erin Marshall -
  2. BDO USA releases summer healthcare newsletter

    Financial services and advising company BDO USA recently published its summer healthcare newsletter.  By Staff -
  3. MD Buyline to co-sponsor Purchased Services Conference

    MD Buyline announced in a press release its intention to co-sponsor with MediTract at the upcoming 2015 Purchased Services Conference in Houston, Texas.  By Staff -
  4. US Sen. Chris Murphy calls out 50 hospitals for unreasonable charges: 3 things to know

    U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is asking top executives at the 50 U.S. hospitals with the highest markups for uninsured patients to put in place "more reasonable" charges immediately, according to The Bristol Press.  By Kelly Gooch -
  5. Moody’s assigns 'Baa1' to Martin Memorial Medical Center's bonds

    Moody's Investors Service has assigned a "Baa1" rating to Stuart, Fla.-based Martin Memorial Medical Center's proposed $105 million of series 2015 revenue bonds and affirmed the "Baa1" rating on the existing revenue bonds. By Erin Marshall -
  6. Medicaid, CHIP enrollment increases significantly: 5 things to know

    Since October 2013, when open enrollment began on the insurance marketplaces, more than 12.8 million people have enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, according to a recent CMS report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  7. Most ACA co-ops behind in enrollment, facing net losses

    Nonprofit co-ops created under the Affordable Care Act to expand the number of health plans available in the insurance exchanges are in the red, and many have not met enrollment goals, according to a report from the OIG. By Tamara Rosin -
  8. Moody’s upgrades Aurora Health Care's rating to 'A2'

    Moody's Investors Service has upgraded Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care's bond rating to "A2" from "A3." The rating action affects approximately $1.3 billion issued through the Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority (Brookfield).  By Erin Marshall -
  9. Leidos wins DOD contract, Emedon reports $7.9M in Q2 income & more –5 RCM company key notes

    Here are five recent news updates on key healthcare revenue cycle management companies. By Carrie Pallardy -

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