Half of rural hospitals could close under public health option
The demand for telemedicine - seen as an elixir for rural health accessibility - has put extreme demands on limited program funding, FCC says.
Revenue Cycle Management
Rev cycle market worth $104B by 2025
Increasing government spending is partially driving the market's growth, along with initiatives to encourage adoption of third-party solutions.
Healthcare cybersecurity market poised for growth
The rapid adoption of digital technologies is considered beneficial to providers, but it can lead to cybersecurity gaps.
Higher social spending linked to higher healthcare spending
Countries that spent more on social services tended to spend more on healthcare, even after adjusting for poverty and unemployment rates.
Optimizing the total performance of the supply chain
To leap from price optimization to total performance optimization, it's paramount to establish a clinically integrated supply chain.
Accounting & Financial Management
CA hospitals: Charity care plunging
The state's general acute-care hospitals spent less than half on low-income patients in 2017 than they did in 2013, data showed.
Public and private payers underinvest in primary care
Increased primary care spend associated with lower emergency room and hospital costs.
Quality and Safety
Medical devices pose cybersecurity threat
Security breaches can happen outside of the four walls of a hospital.
Billing and Collections
Surprise medical bills are soaring
The chance of a surprise bill was more than 90% in 15% of the hospitals studied, and for ED visits it was even more.
BCBS Institute, Solera, to pay organizations through outcomes-based claims
The collaboration allows health plans to pay for healthcare-related social services delivered by community benefit organizations.
14% of internal medicine residents have been bullied
Those who reported harassment said bullying resulted in burnout, depression and other ill health effects.
ACA insurers request rate hikes of less than 1%
Numerous states reported requested rate decreases and only three have double-digit increases.
Apple is developing custom health chips
The custom sensor would measure information from the body beyond heart rate, report says.
Gender, minority bias revealed in med student evals
Evaluators often used personal descriptors to describe a student's performance, and they used strikingly different words for men and for women.
Construction & Facilities Management
CCHC building $180M patient tower
Infrastructure work on the tower will likely begin next month, with completion predicted to take place during the spring of 2022.
Compliance & Legal
HIPAA access: Most providers fall short
The primary reason for noncompliance was that most providers don't send records electronically even when so requested.
Policy and Legislation
HHS releases plan for importation of drugs from other countries
Manufacturers have wanted to offer lower cost versions but were locked into contracts with other parties in the supply chain, HHS Secretary Alex Azar says.
Kaiser Permanente commits $1.65 million to California wildfire relief efforts
The money will be paid out through multiple gifts to various charitable organizations and system also has dispatched medical personnel to assist those in shelters.
Rural hospitals not using bundled payment models
Smaller hospitals may lack the requisite expertise, personnel and financial resources necessary to make the leap.
Diverting avoidable ED visits could save $32B
Primary care services rendered by hospital EDs come with substantially higher price tags than in primary care settings, data showed.
Med schools, teaching hospitals are 3% of GDP
The institutions that were studied added more than $562 billion in value to the nation's economy in 2017, including direct and indirect economic impact.
Innovaccer research shows how AI could improve cost of care models
A new study from the company explores the ways its algorithms can be put to work improving risk scoring and stratification and enhance value-based care initiatives.
HCCI: Price of healthcare is growing, utilization is dropping, price variations persist
Report analyzed more than 1.8 billion commercial healthcare claims and data visualization to benchmark prices and use across 112 metropolitan areas from 2012 to 2016.
ICD-10 & Coding
Practices keeping close watch on risk adjustment coding
Doctors need to carefully and properly use the HCC codes, which indicate the expected costs for a patient.
CMS overhauls meaningful use as 'Promoting Interoperability'
Administrator Seema Verma said changes to the program eliminate 25 measures and saves hospitals over 2 million hours of work and $75 million.
Medicare & Medicaid
CMS delays hospital star ratings update until 2021
A few stakeholders recommended removing or suspending the overall star ratings from Hospital Compare until changes are made.
CashMD launches price transparency tool
Users can search for the price of a procedure at providers in their area and then book an appointment through the app.
4.5% increase predicted for hospital drug spending
Pharmaceutical costs are already a large share of most health organizations' budgets and this year's inflation rate may increase drug budgets.
IPA, insurer launch innovative new partnership to manage social determinants of health
Healthy Alliance IPA, led by former ONC deputy Dr. Jacob Reider, will work with MVP Health Care to connect social services and healthcare providers via the Unite Us technology platform.
JAMA: Hospital employees are clicking on phishing emails
More than 2.9 million simulated emails were sent to employees at six hospitals, and nearly one in seven were clicked on, the study said.
Non-hospital-based telehealth grew 1,400%
In 2018, non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth accounted for 84 percent of all telehealth claim lines.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Tufts and Harvard Pilgrim to merge
The new organization, yet to be named, will be one of the largest nonprofit health organizations in Massachusetts and the surrounding region.