August 21, 2017   IRS Revokes Hospital's Tax Exempt Status for CHNA Failure The IRS has revoked the tax-exempt status of a not-for-profit hospital for failure conduct a community health needs assessment, adopt an implementation strategy and make it widely available to the public. In a letter dated Feb....

Mayo, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Leads U.S. News Best Hospitals Rankings In their 28th year, the rankings and ratings compare more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. This year a total of 152 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty. U.S....

August 7, 2017   2,573 Hospitals Will See Payment Cuts in October Because of Medicare Readmits CMS will penalize 2,573 hospitals for having too many Medicare patients readmitted within 30 days, according to federal data released last week. Starting in October, the federal government will cut those hospitals’ payments by as...

President, Some GOP Senators Not Giving Up on ACA Repeal and Replace President Trump turned to Twitter over the weekend to cajole, push and threaten GOP senators to immediately pass a repeal and place bill before starting work on any other issue.  Read the story here...

Senate Will Proceed, or Not, on ObamaCare Repeal This Week; CBO Has New Analyses This is expected to be the week of reckoning for the Senate and the Affordable Care Act.  Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says he is moving forward and the first key...

Hospital Funding Streams Under Assault on Many Fronts From newly proposed CMS inpatient and outpatient rules to ACA repeal, replace legislation in the Senate and House to the Trump Administration's proposed FY18 budget that would cut Medicaid by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next...

Senate May Be Moving to Plan B on Health Care Congress gets back to work in Washington this week, but it appears the Senate is no closer to a deal on its health care reform legislation than before the week-long recess.  Here's a summary of where...

CBO: Senate ACA Replace Bill Has Huge Negative Impact on Medicaid Spending in Future Years Perhaps making Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's job of passing an ACA repeal and replace bill even more challenging, the Congressional Budget Office late last week released an analysis showing Medicaid...

Moody’s: Hospital Margins Generally Positive Hospital margins are generally positive, according to a new report from Moody’s. The industry’s positive margin in 2016 was 5.7 percent, a slight decline from 6.1 percent in 2015. Margins and liquidity “remain in-line with historical levels while demand trends remain...

May 15, 2017 CMS: 806,000 Clinicians NOT Required to Participate in MIPS About two-thirds of Medicare clinicians won’t have to participate in MACRA’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System, CMS said last week. CMS planned to tell doctors via letter if they had to comply with the first-year program...