Providers are pleased that CMS is delaying enforcement of new guidelines governing Medicare reimbursements for short-term hospital stays, but they insist the new rule is flawed and say they will continue to oppose it. >>>
By using a tool to calculate "extrapolated overpayment," Recovery Audit Contractors can allege fraud long after providers have received payment and thought there was no dispute, says one expert. >>>
Seeking to avert a cut in Medicare's physician payment rate set for April 1, lawmakers in the House and Senate have embraced a pact that would replace the sustainable growth rate formula with a payment system that includes a small rate increase for doctors. >>>
Healthcare providers, payers, the government, and other players in the ICD-10 changeover are not working in a cohesive and coordinated fashion and won't be ready for the transition in eight months, says an MGMA policy expert. >>>
Reduced reimbursements are the most-cited threat to healthcare organizations, but strategic leaders can find ways to mitigate the potential harm by shoring up collections and getting serious about analytics. >>>
Fancy amenities such as gourmet meals, healing gardens, and multi-million dollar expansion projects can make patients feel good about a hospital stay, but there are cheaper ways to bolster the patient experience. >>>
If budget balancing gimmicks being considered by Congress take effect in the coming year, they could potentially mean the loss of billions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements for rural providers. Don't let it happen. >>>
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