Jun 7th, 2017
On June 5, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton case that religious-affiliated hospitals are exempt from federal pension requirements. That means faith-based hospitals can avoid pension regulations — such as paying premiums to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation — under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s (ERISA) “church plan” exemption. ...
Apr 20th, 2017
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) extended the Medicare-dependent, Small Rural Hospital (MDH) program, but like previous statutes before it, only temporarily. Beginning Oct. 1, 2017, the MDH program will no longer be in effect. The Effect on Hospitals The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) explains in the 2018 ...
Mar 27th, 2017
Staff is a critical component of a hospital. Patients often have more interaction with staff than physicians. Properly trained and educated staff can be strong protection against a professional liability claim. Consider the following risk tips for hospital employees: Prepare written job descriptions for all staff. Review each employee’s job description at their annual performance evaluation t...
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Dec 14th, 2016
Bypassing the standard notice of proposed rulemaking and public comment period, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued, July 28, a final notice of 2017 Medicare payment and policy changes for inpatient psychiatric facilities. CMS can waive notice and comment if they have good reason. “We find it unnecessary to undertake notice and ...
Dec 12th, 2016
Many physicians and hospitals are asking patients for “estimated” out-of-pocket costs before their care. It ensures payment for doctors who may not receive payment for their services. The hospital push for point-of-service payment is to reduce high deductible healthcare debt from patients who now pay out-of-pocket for services not covered by insurance because the deductible is not ...