Why Hospitals Should Pay More Attention to How Patients are Discharged

The AMA's latest National Economic Impact of Physicians report provides data that can be used by key health care policymakers, legislators and thought leaders. It also demonstrates how physician practices both ensure the health and well-being of communities as well as support local economies and enable jobs, growth and prosperity.

Economic Impact of Physicians: Data Reflects Job Growth Decline

The AMA's latest National Economic Impact of Physicians report provides data that can be used by key health care policymakers, legislators and thought leaders. It also demonstrates how physician practices both ensure the health and well-being of communities as well as support local economies and enable jobs, growth and prosperity.

Most Expensive Conditions By Payer; Economic Impact On Society

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) collected the hospital visits and costs associated with different medical conditions classified by the Clinical Classifications Software principal diagnosis category and compiled a report with the ability of comparing medical conditions. The average hospital stay in the US costs just over $10,700, based on an analysis of recent data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). AMA's latest National Economic Impact of Physicians report provides data...

Survey Finds: 20% of Physicians Prefer Hospital Employment

The AMA's latest National Economic Impact of Physicians report provides data that can be used by key health care policymakers, legislators and thought leaders. It also demonstrates how physician practices both ensure the health and well-being of communities as well as support local economies and enable jobs, growth and prosperity.

Top 3 Things that Defined Revenue Cycle Improvement 2014

2014 was another year big year for healthcare. As we continue to move toward a more patient-centered and transparent healthcare system, so too continue the changes to our payment models, insurance coverage and commitment to patient outcome measures. While there were many changes to keep track of, three things seem to have defined the progress made in the scope of revenue cycle improvement.

Revamping Your Revenue Cycle for 2015 |7 Things to Consider

There are few aspects of healthcare that are more controversial, confounding and frustrating than payment reform. It’s hard to imagine that there was ever a time when patients just paid the doctor for their services. Since that payment method created economic disparities in access among the rich and the poor, several reforms later we find ourselves somewhat on the opposite end of the spectrum: more patients than ever can have access to care, but the process for compensating physicians hasn’t been able to keep up. Doctors are rendering services without receiving payment - and their practices can’t sustain on that type of arrangement!

Is Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) the Life Raft to Healthcare?

Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) might be the ultimate game-changer in healthcare reform. We know that our old methods of physician compensation just haven’t proven to be sustainable - and because of that, not only have healthcare finances suffered, but the quality of care has too. You’d think if we’re spending enormous amounts of our national expenditures on healthcare that it would be above-average in performance anywhere in the U.S. - but not so.

One Year Since CMS Cracked Down on Readmissions | Where Are We Now?

October 1st of last year, CMS cracked down on readmission rates for hospitals nationwide, handing out millions of dollars in penalties. The Affordable Care Act put these measures into place in order to curb the problem of readmissions, which are not only costly, but reflect an overall poor population health in the U.S. - especially for those patients with chronic conditions. For FY ‘14, 2% was withheld from payments per the guidelines for penalties. By 2015, the rate of withholding for penalties is expected to top 3%. In addition to the higher payments, there will also be additional diagnoses included in the readmission criteria list - it began with heart attacks, pneumonia and heart failure and will now expand to include COPD and complications from chronic lung conditions.

Top 5 Reasons Physicians Are Unhappy

Research completed by Jackson Healthcare yielded an incredibly array of data on physician satisfaction. While healthcare is increasingly interested and motivated to obtain and analyze patient satisfaction, perhaps not enough attention is being paid to provider satisfaction. According to the data, which assessed not just provider disatisfaction, but also satisfaction, it might behoove the healthcare industry to keep an eye on physician happiness, too.

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