Starting next week all hospitals have to start serving the MOON to patients

The Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (the NOTICE Act), which was enacted on August 6, 2015 law requires hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to provide written notification and an oral explanation to individuals receiving observation services as outpatients for more than 24 hours. This notification must be provided no […]

CMS is set to release single star hospital overall quality ratings soon

More than 74% of the hospitals in the country score less than three stars in this new Five Star Rating system. Hospital Compare is a consumer-oriented website that provides information on how well hospitals provide care to their patients. This information can help consumers make informed decisions about their health care. In a major step to […]

Healthcare expenses expected to grow faster than GDP during the next decade

In a recent article published in Health Affairs, the authors (Office of the Actuary, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)) have projected that healthcare expenditure in the United States for the period 2015 to 2025 to grow at an average annual growth rate of 5.8%, which is a full 1.3% higher than the projected […]

No respite to patients from increasing medical costs

    Consumer Price Index (CPI) numbers from June 2016 which were released today show that prices for medical care have started to go up again after a lull for a couple of months. At 0.4% the price for medical care increased twice as much compared to all other items. Prices of hospital services increased by […]