May 24, 2013
By Adam Mingal*
Edited by Amy Kaufman
Florida Governor Signs off on New Medicaid Payment System Money
Sunshine Payment News (5/24) reports that Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) agreed to approve $65 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013-2014 for hospitals in the state to move to a new Medicaid payment system. It appears that the governor's decision was influenced in part by assurances from chief executives from at least 16 hospitals and health systems across the state that they would not seek similar funding for
Teaching Hospital Inks Contract with Dell for Cloud Storage
ExecutiveBiz (5/16) reports that Trinitas Regional Medical Center, based in central New Jersey, has signed a contract with Dell to house "more than 113,000 radiology and cardiology studies in Dell's unified clinical archive platform for on-site access." According to August Calhoun, a vice president at Dell, "As hospitals strive to improve care and meet ever-changing regulatory requirements, they shouldn't also have to be experts in data storage management."
Article: Reimbursement Rates Differ Markedly Across Hospital Systems
CNN (5/22) reports on the wide discrepancies in Medicare payment rates that were brought to light by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report released earliest this month. According to CNN, payments ranged from a low of $9,100 to more than $38,600 for the same joint replacement surgery with rates varying based on the "location, mission and clientele" at each medical center. The federal government released this data to equip consumers to better understand healthcare costs.
Spotlight on Hospital "Deserts" in Urban Areas
FierceHealthFinance (5/22) reports that hospital "deserts" have developed in major urban areas that serve individuals of lower incomes and minority statuses, including Detroit, St. Louis, and Cleveland. A study of 1,200 acute care hospitals spanning 75 years and covering 52 cities found that the hospitals that survive in urban areas often fit a mold: they are often teaching hospitals, "have more accumulated wealth relative to their size," or are located in heavily Caucasian neighborhoods.
*We would like to thank Adam Mingal, Esquire (Department on Disability Services, Washington, DC), for providing this week's update. We would also like to thank Amy E. Kaufman, Esquire (Patton Boggs LLP, Washington, DC), for coordinating the weekly update.