About 55% of hospitals earned Medicare incentive payments in 2019 under the Hospital Value-based Purchasing Program, slightly fewer than in fiscal 2018 when 57% of the hospitals did, or just under 1,600.
Moody's maintained its negative outlook on the not-for-profit hospital sector as weak volume trends, reimbursement compression, more Medicare patients and growing bad-debt loads will limit revenue growth.
A conservative study group projected that establishing a work requirement for Medicaid eligibility could significantly boost lifetime earnings for enrollees, despite claims by other researchers that the benefits of this policy are unproven.
Hundreds of hospital employees have lost homes in the Camp Fire that devastated Paradise, Calif., and administrators are working feverishly to find them temporary housing.
Providers and policy analysts welcomed the CMS' news it may offer a payment model for hospitals to provide housing and other social services, but they argue success depends on collaborating with other agencies and organizations.