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Hospital finances are starting to stabilize, Moody's finds

April 30, 2019


Nonprofit and public hospitals last year showed signs of stable profitability—with revenue growth outpacing expense growth for the first time since fiscal year 2015, according to a preliminary analysis released Thursday by Moody's Investors Service.

The lucrative (and potentially dangerous) world of human egg donation

April 29, 2019


In the United States, egg donations offer young women a chance to make lucrative sums of money—but some experts say clinics tend to downplay the risks and complexity of the procedure.

CMS just dropped its proposed rule for Medicare inpatient payments. Here's what's inside.

April 24, 2019


CMS on Tuesday issued its Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule for fiscal year 2020, which would address payment disparities for rural and urban health facilities and increase add-on payments for emerging technology and therapies.

HHS just unveiled 5 new value-based payment models. Here's what you need to know.

April 23, 2019


HHS on Monday announced an initiative intended to shift primary care providers and other eligible professionals from fee-for-service payments to value-based payments using five new voluntary payment models.

CMS proposes payment increases for SNFs, hospice facilities for FY 2020

April 22, 2019


CMS on Friday released proposed rules that would increase fiscal year (FY) 2020 Medicare payments for skilled nursing facilities by 2.5%, or $887 million, and hospice facilities by 2.7%, or $540 million, when compared with FY 2019.

Teaching, rural hospitals faced reduced readmission penalties after CMS update, study shows

April 22, 2019


Teaching hospitals, rural hospitals, and others that serve a high proportion of dual-eligible patients faced lower penalties under Medicare's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program in fiscal year 2019 after CMS updated how the program calculates penalties, according to a study published last week.

CMS proposes FY 2020 payment increases for inpatient rehab, psych facilities

April 19, 2019


CMS this week released proposed rules that would increase payments for inpatient rehab facilities and inpatient psychiatric facilities by 2.3%, or $195 million, and 1.7%, or $75 million, respectively, for fiscal year 2020.

How MACPAC wants to change DSH payments, Medicaid drug rebates, and more

April 16, 2019


Members of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission on Thursday voted to recommend Congress change statutory language governing Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments and eliminate a cap on Medicaid drug rebates.

The highest-paid doctors (and the lowest), according to Medscape

April 12, 2019


The average physician salary rose to $313,000 in 2019—but some physicians are paid more than twice as much as others, according to the Medscape Physician Compensation 2019 report.

Sanders just revised his 'Medicare-for-All' proposal. Here's what you need to know.

April 11, 2019


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday unveiled a new version of his so-called "Medicare-for-All" legislation that would expand benefits under the bill to include long-term care coverage.

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