Alicia Caramenico

Biography for Alicia Caramenico

Alicia Caramenico is the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer and its related publications. Before joining FierceMarkets, she was a web production/multimedia intern at the non-profit Education Week. For almost two years she worked as a publications intern at RiskMetrics Group, a risk management and corporate governance firm in Rockville, Md. Alicia holds a B.A. in print journalism from American University in Washington, D.C. She enjoys reading and playing with her English bulldog. Alicia can be reached at Follow @FierceHealth and @HealthPayer on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Alicia Caramenico

How multidisciplinary efforts lead to better outcomes, lower costs

Efforts to control healthcare costs and reduce utilization require all hands on deck--from all hospital departments and service lines. The most successful hospitals use multidisciplinary teams to integrate care for better outcomes and lower costs.

A state-by-state look at uninsured rates under healthcare reform

With more than 25 million uninsured people eligible for health coverage assistance programs under the Affordable Care Act, a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) looked at how those numbers would play out across states.

Shutdown update: The impact on hospitals and patients

The federal government has been shut down for 10 days and counting, and more details are emerging about how the Congressional standoff is affecting patients, providers and hospitals.

3 ways to create expert operating room teams

While some consider correlating healthcare and aviation to comparing apples to oranges, one airline captain and patient safety expert believes lessons from the air can help turn surgical team members into an expert operating room team.

OIG: U of Miami Hospital must repay $3.7M in Medicare overpayments

The University of Miami Hospital overbilled Medicare by more than $3 million from April 1, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2010, according to an Office of Inspector General audit.

Hospitals push back on limited health exchange networks

Seattle Children's Hospital has sued Washington state's Office of the Insurance Commissioner, claiming the health insurance exchange will prevent some patients from receiving care at the hospital, KPLU reported.

Invest in nursing to avoid readmission penalties

Hospitals should invest in nursing to reduce readmissions as a new Health Affairs study shows hospitals with higher nurse staffing had lower odds of receiving penalties for excess readmission rates.

Hospitals' fixed costs drive up healthcare expenditures

Despite national calls to reduce costly hospitalizations and readmissions and enhance primary care, such initiatives don't always take off because they hurt hospitals' bottom line, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Small hospitals playing ICD-10-guessing game with payers

With only a year until the ICD-10 transition, smaller hospitals have jumpstarted their staff training but still lack preparations to work with payers, according to a new survey from Health Revenue Assurance Holdings.

Operational failures that hurt hospital performance

Operational failures waste at least 10 percent of caregivers' time and can compromise the quality, timeliness and efficiency of care delivery, according to a working paper from the Harvard Business School.