The new CMS “Two-Midnight Rule,” which is intended to provide greater clarity regarding when inpatient hospital admissions are generally appropriate for Medicare Part A payment, goes into effect today. However, in order to address widespread concern among hospitals and doctors…

The new CMS “Two-Midnight Rule,” which is intended to provide greater clarity regarding when inpatient hospital admissions are generally appropriate for Medicare Part A payment, goes into effect today. However, in order to address widespread concern among hospitals and doctors about…

Senator Orrin Hatch spoke on the floor of the Senate at the end of last week about the need for health entitlement reforms to be part of a deficit reduction package.  As Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, which…

Doctors will not see a 26.5% cut in Medicare payments this year. The fiscal cliff deal passed by Congress includes a one-year delay on planned cuts in Medicare payments to physicians. But, the fix is not free. Hospitals will be…

Governor Bentley told the Birmingham Business Alliance today that he would not set up a state-run health insurance exchange, and he will not expand Medicaid as provided under health care reform. Once established, the health insurance exchanges will be places for…

In its front-page story on President Obama’s reelection, the New York Times reports, “For Mr. Obama, the result brings a ratification of his sweeping health care act, which Mr. Romney had vowed to repeal.  The law will now continue on course toward nearly full…

“House members look to ease Medicare audit burden on hospitals” is the title of a recent post by Pete Kasperowicz in his The Hill’s Floor Action Blog.  Last week, four House of Representatives members introduced bill H.R. 6575, that endeavors to ease the burden…

“Same Doctor Visit, Double the Cost” – this is the title of a recent Wall Street Journal article written by Anna Wilde Mathews, which provides a view on the hospital-physician integration phenomenon.  The article describes the higher fees charged by hospitals that…

The federal government’s war on healthcare fraud is going high-tech with the opening of a $3.6 million command center.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pays $750 billion each year to more than 1.5 million healthcare providers, and healthcare…