Health News Daily – April 27, 2016

Five Quality and Payment Changes CMS Is Proposing for 2017
HealthLeaders Media
In its annual rulemaking proposal aiming to shift hospitals toward a value-based model, Medicare recommends several changes. GNYHA is referenced in this article.

Aggressive Advance Care Planning Shown to Cut SNF Costs, Hospitalizations
McKnight’s Long-Term Care News
Nursing homes that implement advance care planning programs and train staff in palliative care may see lower costs and fewer hospitalizations, according to new research published on Tuesday.

Hospital Compliance with ACA Nonprofit Requirements Mixed at Best, Study Finds
Healthcare Finance
Data shows major deficits in how charity-care-eligible patients are charged and notified about assistance policies.

Blog: Hospitals Prosper on Commercial Payers as Medicare Margins Sink to -9%
Modern Healthcare (may require password)
Margins on hospital Medicare business are expected to deteriorate this year, bottoming out at a negative 9% on average, according to a report by the commission that advises Congress on Medicare payments.