The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has identified an issue related to missing discharge assessments for inactive residents. On August 23, 2013, CMS issued a survey and certification memorandum
Hospitals and physicians are increasingly working to form strategic alliances that can help both parties survive the increasingly complex health care environment. There are many goals for such alliances, but for every alliance that works out well, there are at least as many that come to grief. Here are some of the common issues that—when addressed properly—can help pave the way for success
Regulated transactions with physicians are now common for hospitals. With the significant number of physician practice acquisitions and other affiliations, the number of regulated transactions with physicians has gone up exponentially
U.S. health care organizations have recently—or are currently—assessing their information technology operations and software systems for the effects of compliance with electronic health record (EHR) requirements and the pending implementation of ICD-10.
The Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s health care overhaul, holding that it is constitutional in substantially all respects. The ruling further confirms that major changes are coming as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Tax Credits Reconciliation Act of 2010 . The acts have tax and penalty implications for both individuals and businesses.
Payment Rate Updates CMS has proposed a 2.1 percent update to the federal operating standardized amount. This is based on a 3 percent market basket update, reduced by two factors mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA): a 0.8 percent economy wide productivity adjustment and an additional 0.1 percent reduction.