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Detroit's Straith Hospital expands into interventional pain center program

Detroit's Straith Hospital expands into interventional pain center program

By Jay Greene  |  August 15, 2017

Detroit's Straith Hospital for Special Surgery in Southfield is hoping a new pain center focused on procedures and physical therapy instead of medication management will generate 1,300 procedures and a projected $1.5 million in billable revenue its first year of operation, the hospital said.

CBO: End of CSRs would add to federal deficit

CBO: End of CSRs would add to federal deficit

By Mara Lee  |  August 15, 2017

The CBO says that ending CSR payments to insurers would cost the federal government more than continuing to pay them, because insurers would hike premiums, and subsidies would then rise as well.

Providers take advantage of new end-of-life CMS billing codes

Providers take advantage of new end-of-life CMS billing codes

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 14, 2017

Providers increasingly are conducting advance care planning conversations with Medicare beneficiaries thanks to new CMS billing codes and a push to prepare early for patients' final days. The trend resulted in them drawing down $93 million in additional revenue last year.

C-suite pay raises target transformational healthcare leaders

C-suite pay raises target transformational healthcare leaders

By Alex Kacik  |  August 14, 2017

As executive compensation continues to rise, the biggest pay hikes are being doled out to executives who can lead hospitals and health systems through the industry's transformation into one that favors value over volume.

Hospital donations put N.H. Medicaid expansion in jeopardy

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 14, 2017

The CMS is warning states that using voluntary donations from hospitals to fund their share of Medicaid expansion could violate federal law. New Hampshire's expansion program could end next year because it relies on such donations.

Rauner names winners in Illinois Medicaid overhaul

By Kristen Schorsch  |  August 14, 2017

The Rauner administration has awarded bids to six insurers in his quest to overhaul a major Medicaid cost-saving initiative, cutting in half the number of participating carriers.

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