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Hospitals should not garnish their patients' wages

Some time ago, I compiled a list of five better ways hospitals could collect on patient debt, concluding that "dunning and then suing patients with low incomes and few resources to respond is...

Brookings Institution study upends Dartmouth Atlas assumptions

A new report by the Brookings Institution questions previous studies that delve into the vast differences in healthcare spending in different regions of the country.

Hospital spending growth slow in Vermont

Hospital budgets are rising in Vermont at one of the lowest rates on record, with many of the state's inpatient care facilities filing estimated budgets significantly lower than the numbers projected by the state's Green Mountain Care Board, according to t he  Brattleboro Reformer.

Rural Tennessee hospitals struggle to stay open

Tennessee's rural hospitals continue to struggle, bearing the burden of the state's decision to pass on expanding the Medicaid program, the  Memphis Daily News  repor ted.

Hospitals still struggle to cut medical errors

Physicians often labor under what is described as a "culture of perfection" that deflects efforts to reduce the number of medical errors in hospital settings.

Payer-provider collaborations seek to answer proton beam therapy questions

When it comes to high-pri ced clinical treatments with murky evidence of effectiveness, proton beam therapy  takes the cake. As hospitals rake in the profits, payers are left with the bill for a treatment that can cost $30, 000 more than other types of radiation therapies. 

82 Illinois hospitals slapped with $16 million in readmission penalties

Eighty-two Illinois hospitals will pay more than $16 million in collective readmission penalties for not reducing their preventable readmissions, the state Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced last week.

Ray Rice fallout fuels healthcare's domestic violence prevention efforts

Fallout over Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice's assault of his then-fiancee Janay Palmer has renewed the conversation on domestic violence and how various healthcare providers collaborate on programs to aid victims.

Hospitals find new ways to cut costs through energy efficiencies

Demand response programs for energy consumption can help hospitals cut costs and save big bucks,  Healthcare Finance News   repo rted.

3 ways your hospital can overcome the nursing shortage

As the demand for nurses increases amid rising patient numbers, aging baby boomers and more individuals covered under healthcare reform, the United States will need to produce 1.1 million new registered nurses by 2022 to fill jobs and replace retirees.