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2025 IPPS Proposed Rule: Highlights for Hospitals

On April 10, 2024, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the fiscal year (FY) 2025 Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule. While these provisions are not final, they do give current insight into the agency’s thinking in terms of a host of issues concerning the inpatient hospital setting, including […]

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Certified physician assistants: 10 myths vs. facts

As a certified physician assistant (PA-C) who has practiced over 20 years, I am often surprised by the many fallacies that exist, even among physicians, about who physician assistants are, what we can do, where we practice and how we can improve practice operations and profitability.

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CMS looking to define enforcement for its hospital price transparency rule

Now that hospitals are required to post chargemaster data online for patients to access, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is exploring the most effective ways to make sure providers comply with the rules.

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More than half of hospital leaders see supply chain improvement as path to higher margins

Supply chain improvement offers the potential for significant savings for cash-strapped hospitals. According to a recent Navigant Consulting analysis, U.S. hospitals could save as much as $25.4 billion annually by streamlining their supply chains and eliminating unnecessary costs. That translates to a 17.7% average drop in supply expenses, or about $11 million per hospital per year.

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