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To privatize or not to privatize?

As the business of health care continues to evolve, so does the strategic structuring of many health care organizations across the nation. With diminishing funds from local or state governments, reductions in Medicare and Medicaid payments, and [...]

October 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Cheating the system

The controversial practice of using electronic health record (EHR) systems to “upcode” Medicare claims has attracted the attention of policymakers and triggered targeted audits by the Department of Health and Human Services. “Upcoding” [...]

October 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

ER Closures & Mortality at Nearby Hospitals

There has been an increase in demand for emergency care in the U.S., yet access to emergency rooms is diminishing. From 1996 to 2009, annual visits to Emergency Departments (EDs) increased by 51% while the number of EDs decreased by 6%. This has led [...]

October 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Bundled payment experiment fails

As stakeholders implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA), innovative payment models are developing faster than practical applications. Bundled payments, defined as “a fixed payment that covers the average cost of a bundle of services” are the [...]

October 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Who’s Responsible for Decreased Health Care Spending?

A recent study explored whether there is a relationship between the healthcare spending of uninsured individuals – sorted by citizenship status – prior to and during the Great Recession using the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) database. [...]

October 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

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