Tag Archives: payments

How the pandemic has accelerated digital payments in telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic has redefined how health care is delivered as well as how people pay for it. On the delivery side, patients and doctors offices have embraced telehealth appointments; on the financial side, patients have turned to contactless payment modalities and phone apps to handle their balances.  Zotec Partners, a healthcare payment vendor, reports that the… Read More »

Medical device makers influence surgeons with billions in payments

The relationship between spine and joint surgeons and medical device manufacturers is coming under increased scrutiny as the former has received billions in payments from the latter in recent years. Medical device makers have paid $ 3.1 billion to orthopedic and neurosurgeons from 2013 to 2019, based on data from the federal government website OpenPayments,… Read More »

Value-based care payments increasing but risk still rare

Dive Brief: More than half of all commercial plan payments to hospitals in 2017 were earmarked toward some form of value-oriented care or alternative payments intended to reduce waste, according to the latest scorecard from Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR) — up from just 10.2% in 2012. However, a large chunk of the value-oriented payment (90%) was… Read More »

Even $10 increase in Medicaid payments helps erase disparities in care access, study says

Dive Brief: Financial incentives can influence who a physician decides to treat and their patients’ overall health, a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found. Even a slight uptick in Medicaid reimbursement can improve school attendance as well, driving down the rate of chronic absenteeism. The paper estimates that a $ 10 increase… Read More »

Supreme Court hears case over disproportionate share hospital payments

The Supreme Court was expected to hear oral arguments today over notice and rulemaking requirements for Medicare reimbursement. The outcome of Azar vs. Allina Health Services could greatly affect reimbursement for hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of low-income patients. The DSH payment calculation is based on the percentage of low-income patients served. The government… Read More »