HAP Blog

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.

January 10, 2014

New Future for Behavioral Health Care—Where Are We Headed?

The health care community has long-struggled to find the best way to effectively care for behavioral health patients. Early in my tenure, I spoke with hospital leaders who were providing extensive uncompensated care to patients with mental illness.

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