Imagine you are working on a federal government contract.  The Government is happy with your work.  You have received excellent performance ratings and high award fees.  Your employees may have even received commendations for their efforts in supporting the Government’s…

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…

Two major but less discussed programs under the Affordable Care Act took effect October 1, 2012, which are part of the government’s effort to deliver better quality health care.  Both programs aim to reward hospitals for providing more efficient and…

“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…

After the dust has settled from the Supreme Court’s upholding of the Accountable Care Act, one key takeaway from the provider perspective appears to be reimbursement strategy. Providers must continue to determine how best to absorb looming reimbursement cuts and…

Forward-thinking hospital systems are taking advantage of new technology to facilitate patient-doctor interaction.  Providence Health Ministry in Mobile, Alabama  recently announced the launch of a new smart phone app to connect patients with the doctors and physician groups practicing at…

With all the recent focus on the Affordable Care Act, providers need to remember the increased resources for enforcement and the need to ensure regulatory compliance at every turn.  One trap for the unwary health care provider is the failure…