HAP Blog

May 09, 2014

Keys to Successful Hospital-Community Health Center Partnerships

The new world of health care into which we have all been thrust is forcing providers across the continuum to learn how to better work with one another. The incentives aren’t yet totally aligned, but are moving in the right direction. Hospitals and community health centers, both critical resources in the community, need to move in the right direction as well.

April 02, 2014

Death, Taxes, and End-of-Life Care

Death is certain but how we die and how we live until we die is a path determined by many decisions as well as many things beyond our control.   

March 28, 2014

Three Reasons to Apply for BPCI

In a Valentine’s Day surprise, CMS announced that it was opening a new round of applications in the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Initiative (BPCI). Hospitals that weren’t among the initial 467 to request the data to assess this opportunity in 2011 have until April 18, 2014, to submit their request. 

March 19, 2014

Short Hospital Stay? CMS Doesn’t Want to Pay

The Two-Midnight Rule implies that inpatient stays of less than two days are unnecessary and should be paid for as outpatient, not inpatient, care. Yet more than one in six hospitalizations in southeastern Pennsylvania fall into this short-stay category.

January 30, 2014

If You Build It…Will They Come?

A new national survey of the uninsured has revealed that creating healthcare.gov––glitches or no glitches––was not a sure bet to getting the uninsured engaged and enrolled.

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