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Focusing on Reduction of Readmissions Important for Hospitals

Of the many things the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has attempted, one major focus is on the reduction of readmissions for patients. The financial penalties levied at hospitals that see a high number of readmissions is meant to provide more focus, though unfortunately, there’s not always an easy way for the hospital to do so. Continue reading Focusing on Reduction of Readmissions Important for Hospitals

Are Your Doctors Being Reviewed on Yelp?

If your patient has a bad experience, who do they tell? It used to be that they would simply tell their friends or loved ones. Now, though, the whole internet gets to hear the story. Doctor rating is becoming a hot new trend online at sites like Yelp, the infamous ratings site where users leave sometimes scathing reviews of restaurants, Vitals, and HealthGrades. Continue reading Are Your Doctors Being Reviewed on Yelp?

Medicaid Expansion Lowers Uninsured Hospital Stays

 

While the debate goes on over the Affordable Care Act, one thing has been proven: the recent expansion of Medicaid in many states has lead to a sharp drop in uninsured hospital stays, and a rise in stays covered by Medicaid. States that opted not to expand Medicaid have seen no significant change in inpatient payers. Continue reading Medicaid Expansion Lowers Uninsured Hospital Stays

Are Private Insurers Avoiding High-Cost Members?

Private insurance companies are finding themselves with lower profit margins due to the Affordable Care Act. According to MedCityNews, this is leading some of these insurers to avoid high-cost members. These insurers have told brokers that they will not receive commission on many new customers who wouldn’t previously qualify. Continue reading Are Private Insurers Avoiding High-Cost Members?

Bipartisan Bill Could Offer Better Healthcare to Rural Areas

We’ve talked in the past about telehealth and medicine as the next wave in healthcare. It seems like politicians agree. A new bill that will expand Medicare reimbursement for telehealth-based calls and consultations, as well as remote patient monitoring, has bipartisan support in Congress. Continue reading Bipartisan Bill Could Offer Better Healthcare to Rural Areas

More Hospital Consolidation in 2016?

One industry expert believes that 2016 will see more hospital consolidations, both big and small. In an interview with HealthLeaders Media, Kit Kamholz, said that these consolidations are being driven by two primary factors: an adjustment to a value-based business model—something that’s become much more apparent as patients continue shopping their healthcare needs around—and dealing with cost management. Continue reading More Hospital Consolidation in 2016?