Urgent care centers put financial pressure on Texas hospitals

Texas hospitals are already under financial pressure due to the Lone Star State’s steadfast refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, and now they face yet another pressure point: urgent care centers.

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CMS publishes final rule for Meaningful Use flexibility

Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive program will be extended through 2016 for certain providers and Stage 3 will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful users of electronic health records in 2011 or 2012 based on a final rule announ…

Kerry Heinrich to serve as permanent CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center

Kerry Heinrich, JD, has been named CEO of Loma Linda (Calif.) University Medical Center and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital as well as the Behavioral Medicine Center.

New Shut Down of the Open Payments System Underscores Site is Not Ready for Prime Time

Today’s announcement that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is once again shutting down the Open Payments System adds to the growing concerns that the site is simply not ready to go public.
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Hospitals rethink charity care

As more Americans gain insurance under the federal health law, hospitals are rethinking their charity programs, with some scaling back help for those who could have signed up for coverage but didn’t.
The move is prompted by concerns that offering…

Seeking Lower Prices Where Providers Are Consolidated: <br>An Examination of Market and Policy Strategies

Consolidation between and among hospitals and physicians can lead to improvements in efficiency and quality of care, but it also tends to raise prices for health care services. As part of their Commonwealth Fund–supported study, researchers outlined eight strategies to promote greater competition on price and quality.

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