Medicare considers using stars to rate hospitals

Star wars may be coming to a hospital near you. Medicare is considering assigning stars or some other symbol to hospitals so patients can more easily compare the quality of care at various institutions. The ratings would appear on Medicare’s Hospital Compare website and be based on many of the 100 quality measures the agency already publishes. […]

Behind Medicare’s Hospital Bill ‘Discount’

Oceans of ink and waves of anxiety have been generated by the arcane practices involved in medical billing – and more specifically, by the huge and unpredictable disparities between the cost of providing a procedure and the amount a doctor or hospital bills for it. Last month, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services shed […]

Medicare Offers Pay Boost to Hospitals

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule late Friday that would increase payments to the nation’s 3,400 acute care hospitals by nearly $27 million in fiscal 2014. Under its proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule, payments for inpatient stays at hospitals that participate in CMS’ Inpatient Quality […]