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Value-based purchasing scores remain volatile

Data from Medicare's value-based purchasing program contain broad variations and few clear patterns, according to a new report from Leavitt Partners, and the report's author says it may take solutions such as a separate program for low-volume hospitals or combining Medicare's care-quality programs to achieve meaningful improvements.

What the OIG's 2016 work plan means for hospitals

A new federal work plan shows a growing shift in the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General priorities, particularly with regard to hospitals.

1,800 hospitals increase payments under value-based purchasing

More than 1,800 hospitals will receive a boost in federal reimbursements next year under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' value-based purchasing plan.

Three years into value-based purchasing, hospitals have little to show for it

Medicare's value-based purchasing program, under which hospitals are financially rewarded or penalized based on care outcomes, has not led to substantial improvements in care its first three years, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

What RadioShack's demise can teach hospitals

Amid all the nostalgia for out-of-date technology that the announcement of RadioShack's bankruptcy has spawned, the electronics retailer's downfall also provides some important business lessons for hospitals, according to  Becker's Hospital Review.

3 ways to improve physician engagement

Physician engagement is more important than ever as healthcare shifts in the direction of value-based purchasing models like accountable care organizations (ACOs), John Wallace, vice president and general manager of ACO services at McKesson, writes in Becker's Hospital Review.

Safety-net hospitals face greater risk for Medicare penalties

Medicare's Value-Based Purchasing and Hospital Readmissions Reduction programs are more likely to penalize safety-net hospitals than any other prospective payment system, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

CMS issues final Medicare payment rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monday issued a final rule updating Medicare payment policies and rates for general acute care and long-term care hospitals for fiscal year 2015. The rule changes payments for value-based purchasing, readmission reductions, hospital-acquired conditions and disproportionate share hospitals.

Industry leader disappointed IPPS proposed rule doesn't address two-midnight rule

An industry leader expressed disappointment that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule for 2015 provides no changes to the controversial two-midnight rule.

CMS issues 2015 proposed IPPS rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late Wednesday issued a proposed rule for 2015 that reduces payment for readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions, but provides no changes to the controversial two-midnight rule.