Tag Archives: hospitals

GAO: Number of hospitals heavily dependent on Medicare has shrunk

Dive Brief: The number of hospitals heavily dependent on Medicare decreased 28.5% between 2011 and 2017, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. However, their numbers were relatively small to begin with — and those that actually qualified for payments were an even smaller proportion. The GAO attributes the shrinking number… Read More »

Hospitals saw increased profitability as 2019 came to a close

Based on December 2019 data, U.S. hospitals ended the year on a strong note, with increases in net patient revenue and service volumes contributing to improved profitability, according to the latest Kaufman Hall Flash Report. Margins rebounded after a significant decline in November. Operating earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization margin rose 136.9 basis… Read More »

New York Identifies Hospitals and Nursing Homes With Deadly Fungus

Nearly 35,000 people in the United States are dying each year from drug-resistant infections, public health officials said on Wednesday, an alarming problem that New York state underscored by revealing that it had found one particularly new and virulent fungus in 64 hospitals and 103 nursing homes. The numbers show just how widespread drug resistant… Read More »

How are hospitals supposed to reduce readmissions? Part II

By KIP SULLIVAN, JD The notion that hospitals can reduce readmissions, and that punishing them for “excess” readmissions will get them to do that, became conventional wisdom during the 2000s on the basis of very little evidence. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) urged Congress to enact the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) beginning in… Read More »

Safety net hospitals fall behind in Medicare joint replacement model

Dive Brief: Safety net hospitals participating in Medicare’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment model were less likely to receive rewards than other facilities in the program, according to a study published Monday in JAMA. Researchers determined the safety net hospitals were also more likely to be penalized in the program’s second year… Read More »