Category: American Hospital Association

  • Report: Rising patient acuity will force hospitals to rethink care delivery models

    The length of stay for adult inpatients is expected to rise by 8% over the next decade, driven by an increase in chronic conditions, according to a report released Tuesday by Vizient. The rise in acuity will exacerbate hospitals’ capacity constraints, so they may need to rethink their care delivery models and make investments in […]

  • Is It Finally Time for Hospital-at-Home or is Time Up?

    Karen Conway, VP of Healthcare Value, Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) All the signs point to a bright and expansive future for hospital-at-home programs, which have been growing steadily since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) created the Acute Hospital at Home waiver program in November 2020. As of March, nearly 100 health systems and […]

  • House to Consider Bill Blocking Mandatory Cuts to Medicare

    Home health providers may get continued relief from Medicare sequestration after all. On Thursday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced new legislation — H.R. 1868 — aimed at stopping automatic spending cuts to Medicare and other programs. House lawmakers plan to consider the legislation this week, setting the stage for possible relief before a […]

  • Innovative, Non-Invasive Technologies Advanced Earlier Detection & Monitoring of Liver Disease

    Jon Gingrich, CEO, Echosens North America Leveraging technological advances to facilitate new ways of engaging patients and integrating non-invasive technology into a liver disease program not only serves to improve individual outcomes and reduce costs but also strengthens the financial performance of health systems and provider organizations that include this approach to testing. At a […]

  • 2% Cut to Home Health Agencies, Other Medicare Providers Nearing Unwanted Return

    Among its many provisions, last year’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act pressed pause on the government’s 2% payment cut to all Medicare-reimbursed health care providers. The “sequestration holiday” was immediately seen as a common-sense lifeline for cash-strapped home health providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of whom had […]

  • Hospital Sustainability Demands that Revenue Integrity Move Front and Center

    Vasilios Nassiopoulos, VP of Platform Strategy and Innovation, Hayes Razor-thin operational margins coupled with substantial and ongoing losses related to COVID-19 are culminating in a perfect storm of bottom-line issues for U.S. hospitals and health systems. A study commissioned by the American Hospital Association (AHA) found that the median hospital margin overall was just 3.5% pre-pandemic, and […]

  • CMS to penalize hospitals, labs that don’t report Covid-19 data

    New rules by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services would penalize hospitals and laboratories that report Covid-19 data. Hospitals would be required to report the number of confirmed or suspected Covid-19 patient, occupied beds, and availability of ventilators and other critical supplies.