Hospital Industry News


Reuters Reports on Medicaid Expansion vs. Non-Expansion States

In a recent article, Reuters compared a hospital that accepted the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to one that declined to examine the various ways states are faring under the ACA.

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) intended to make subsidies available to all Americans who are eligible. The decision preserves subsidies for approximately 6.4 million people in 34 states that rely on the federal exchange and gives the Obama administration its second major ACA victory in three years.


Permanent “Doc Fix” Passes Senate

Late Tuesday, April 14, the U.S. Senate approved a bill to permanently end the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that annually cuts physician Medicare reimbursement. The bill is headed to the president’s desk where it is expected to be signed.


IDPH, ICAHN Release Research on Impact of Illinois' CAH Program

The Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Rural Health and the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) are pleased to announce the release of a new publication that evaluates the impact of the critical access hospital program in Illinois and whether it provides the necessary financial stability to preserve access to quality health care services in rural communities. 


What Experts are Saying about the King v. Burwell Hearing

Once again, the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. And with oral arguments taking place on Wednesday, once again supporters and opponents of the law are listening closely to the interpretations of various health and legal experts who are parsing the justices’ every word.


Alzheimer’s Association Report Predicts Soaring Costs

A new report released by the Alzheimer’s Association on Thursday, Feb. 5, projects health care costs associated with the disease will skyrocket in the coming years. The report, Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease: How a Treatment by 2025 Saves Lives and Dollars, predicts that Medicare and Medicaid costs related to Alzheimer’s will more than double by 2030 and will nearly quintuple by 2050.


American Hospital Association Announces Leaders for Small or Rural Section

Joann Anderson, MSN, FACHE, president and CEO of Southeastern Health in Lumberton, N.C., was announced as the chair for the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Small or Rural Hospitals in 2015. Mary Ellen Pratt, president and CEO of St. James Parish Hospital in Lutcher, La., was named the chair-elect and will become chair in 2016.


Surgeon General Confirmed

Vivek Murthy was confirmed as surgeon general on Dec. 15 by a Senate vote of 51 to 43. Murthy was nominated more than a year and a half ago but his nomination stalled due to concerns about his experience and opposition from the gun lobby.


Critical Access Hospitals to Lose Rural Designation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a list of critical access hospitals (CAHs) that lost their rural designation as of Oct. 1, 2014. These CAHs lost that designation because they are in counties that will now be classified as urban.


Credit Rating Agency Forecast for Hospitals

Officially signed into law three-and-a-half years ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to keep the health care sector in the spotlight. As the market has slowly accepted that the ACA is likely here to stay, the conversation has shifted from appeal attempts to how the law impacts the financial landscape of hospitals.