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Nursing Home Industry Frightening Seniors Against Health Reform, Says Medicare Group
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media

An influential Medicare advocacy group has called out a large skilled nursing home corporation for going into its facilities and scaring elderly residents into thinking their healthcare benefits will be worse if health reform provisions in H.R. 3200 are voted into law. [Read More]
  September 28, 2009

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Key players reverse roles on Medicare spending
This article from the Washington Post makes an interesting point in regards to recent health reform efforts: After years of trying to cut Medicare spending, Republican lawmakers are now championing the program and accusing Democrats of trying to steal from the elderly to cover the cost of health reform. On the other side of the debate, the hospital associations, AARP, and other powerful interest groups that usually oppose Medicare cuts stood silent last week when the Senate Finance Committee debated a plan to slice more than $400 billion over the next decade from Medicare. These groups contend that the cuts in question are small enough to be absorbed without affecting services. [Read More]
Five Massachusetts hospitals drop late-night ER visit fees
After receiving criticism from a health workers union, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians rescinded its late-night surcharge for emergency room patients at five Massachusetts hospitals. The doctors group had been adding $30 to bills for emergency care delivered between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., but the fee was attacked by a healthcare union that is trying to organize workers at Harvard Medical-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. David McKenzie, reimbursement director of the American College of Emergency Physicians, told the Boston Globe that the late-night fee is commonly billed throughout the country, although the group does not track such claims. [Read More]
Modified Baucus Bill Adds Value, Quality to Physician Payment Equation
Value over volume would come into play under a new Medicare physician payment system modification inserted into the Senate Finance Committee's healthcare reform bill, says my colleague Janice Simmons in this article. Under the proposed physician payment change, backed by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), physician or physician groups could receive bonus payments based on the relative quality of care they achieve while treating patients under the Medicare program. [Read More]
Finance Forum
Income Structure is Key to Physician Recruiting
When it comes to physician recruiting financial packages, one size does not necessarily fit all. Certain types of income structures may be more strategically advantageous than others, depending on the nature and objectives of the organization doing the recruiting, say contributors Peter Cebulka and Tommy Bohannon. [Read More]
Healthcare Reform Driving Value Based Provider Contracting
While much of the recent media attention on healthcare reform is focused on making changes at the point of care, the changes being discussed by the administration and large employer groups will also have an impact on how health plans operate, says HealthLeaders Media Contributor Vik Anantha. [Read More]
Finance Headlines
Illinois Court Case Spotlights Hospital Tax Exemptions
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - September 24, 2009
Senate Finance Bill Changes Push Price Tag to $900 Billion
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Hospitals' charity care under scrutiny nationwide
Chicago Tribune - September 22, 2009
Boston Medical center paid chief executive $3.5 million on top of salary
Boston Globe - September 22, 2009
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