Florida Hospital Association launches pricing website; Eisenhower Medical Center offers patient finance option; Cincinnati hospitals have stellar 2014;

News From Around The Web

> Under pressure from Gov. Rick Scott and lawmakers, the Florida Hospital Association has unveiled a pricing website that mostly contains already available information, Florida Politics has reported. Article

> Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, has introduced a new patient finance option that includes interest-free monthly payments for medical care, the hospital announced. Statement

> The bottom lines at Cincinnati hospitals rose dramatically in 2014, with the expansion of Medicaid and other components of the Affordable Care Act likely helping out, according to the Cincinnati Business Journal. Article

Provider News

> Rural healthcare providers face an ongoing crisis due to budget and staffing woes, creating a landscape where such hospitals need trustees who have their fingers on the pulse of the industry at large, according to Hospitals & Health Networks. As healthcare transitions to a value-based model, reimbursement issues are a major obstacle for rural providers in general, and in particular for so-called "tweener" hospitals that are too large to be classified as critical access hospitals but too small for the financial risk of prospective payment systems, the article noted. For hospitals that fall into this gap, there are often few choices but to cut services or seek affiliation with a larger system. Article

Healthcare IT News

> State policies on telemedicine use under Medicare can have a great impact on adoption of the technology, according to a report published in Telemedicine and e-Health. Article

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