Strategies for Hospital Leadership – Identifying Strengths, Allocating Hospital Resources and Focusing on Profitable Niche Leadership

Posted by Jason Greis on August 16, 2010 under Whitepapers | Be the First to Comment

This is a great time for hospital leadership and boards to reevaluate their strategies.   The attached whitepaper written by two of my colleagues, Scott Becker and Bart Walker, contains eight core thoughts and concepts on strategic planning for hospitals. Read More...

Eleven Things to Know about the False Claims Act

Posted by Jason Greis on March 29, 2010 under Whitepapers | Be the First to Comment

In today’s era of increased fraud and abuse enforcement, it’s imperative that all individuals working in any facet of the healthcare industry be familiar with the basics of the False Claims Act and its recent evolution into a powerful regulatory tool for the government and private citizens.  The McGuireWoods white paper “Eleven Things to Know About the False Claims Act” is a useful primer to help individuals identify potential violations of the False Claims Act.  It will also help individuals better understand how the Act is enforced against and applied within the healthcare industry, including individual providers, medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Read More...

To Bundle or Not to Bundle: Lawmakers Explore the Question

Posted by Jason Greis on June 2, 2009 under Whitepapers | Be the First to Comment

The current fervor to overhaul the nation’s health care delivery system has legislators discussing how to change the way post-acute care providers, including long-term acute care hospitals, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities, are reimbursed for treating Medicare beneficiaries. One potential solution endorsed by both President Obama and the Senate Finance Committee entails bundling payments for acute and post-acute care services provided within the first 30 days after a Medicare beneficiary is discharged from an acute care hospital. Read More...

Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Update – Spring 2009

Posted by Jason Greis on April 6, 2009 under Articles, Whitepapers | Be the First to Comment

This listserve is a continuation of a series of listserves updating McGuuireWoods healthcare clients on developments surrounding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ,claims and activity Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs).  Future updates will be available by completing McGuireWoods’ online sign-up form or by checking back on GreisGuidetoLTACHs. Read More...

Exploring the Potential Benefits and Drawbacks of Acute-Care and Post-Acute Care Payment Bundling

Posted by Jason Greis on April 3, 2009 under Articles, Whitepapers | Be the First to Comment

The current Congressional fervor to overhaul the U.S. health care system has some policy makers discussing how to change the way post-acute providers, including LTACHs, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and outpatient-based hospital rehabilitation facilities are compensated for treating Medicare beneficiaries.  One solution proposed by President Barack Obama, the Congressional Budget Office, and certain congressional leaders is to bundle payments for acute care and post-acute care services provided within the first thirty days after being discharged from an acute care hospital.  This bundling model has been proposed many times since the early 1980s as a measure to control escalating post-acute care costs, decrease the number of preventable acute-care hospital readmissions, and increase Medicare cost savings but has never received broad support-until now. Read More...

LTCHs, RACs and Medical Necessity Update

Posted by Jason Greis on March 27, 2009 under Articles, Whitepapers | Be the First to Comment

By Carol Burkhart, RN, MS, CNP, CPHRM, William Hammock, RN, BSN, CMC, ACM, and Stacey Donegan, CPC Read More...