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14 organizations lead the price transparency charge

As the number of price transparency initiatives and organizations continues to pick up steam, George Washington University has created a list of the 14 most influential organizations in that realm.

Healthcare spending still moderate in August

Although healthcare hiring is heating up, spending trends in the sector continue to pursue a moderate path, according to data from Altarum Health's Center for Sustainable Health Spending.

Medicaid expansion will continue to boom

Although the open enrollment period for the first year of the Affordable Care Act ended months ago, enrollment in the Medicaid program is expected to record large increases again in the coming months.

Overtreatment linked to intolerance of uncertainty, defensive medicine

Overtreatment of patients may be linked to intolerance of medical uncertainty and errors and defensive medicine, according to a new study in the journal BMJ.

Hospitals may soon have a Howard Beale moment from patients over charges

The most memorable scene in the iconic film "Network" is when Howard Beale, the deeply troubled news anchorman, exhorts viewers to shout "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to...

Pending hospital closure mirrors woes of small hospitals

A district hospital in the San Diego area of Southern California will close its doors next month and is a microcosm for the struggles many smaller hospitals face across the country, the San Diego Union-Tribune has reported.

Vermont hospitals received $12 million in overpayments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it overpaid hospitals in Vermont to defray the costs of a state-level provider tax, and has demanded more than $12 million in refunds, Vermont Public Radio reported.

Cost of treating Ebola: $1,000 an hour

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital may have spent as much as $1,000 an hour in its futile attempt to treat Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, Bloomberg News has reported.

Healthcare job growth back on the upswing

Healthcare job growth had been mostly stagnant of late, but it appears to be taking off this year with a vigor not seen since the onset of the Great Recession.

Critical access hospitals charge Medicare patients high rates for outpatient care

Critical access hospitals may be a vanishing breed, but it's not because they're charging their patients too little, Kaiser Health News has reported.

Massachusetts takes price transparency to next level

Massachusetts has become perhaps the first state to take the next step into price transparency, mandating health insurers to post the costs of a variety of medical procedures for their enrollees, Kaiser Health News has reported.

Kaiser moves to remake its supply chain

Kaiser Permanente is trying to remake the hospital supply chain, Forbes reported.

Montefiore Medical Center gets into insurance business

Are hospitals insuring their patients the next big thing? That's a question that may be answered by Montefiore Medical Center, which will unveil insurance coverage to small business groups in 2015, Crain's New York Business reported

Americans continue to pile up medical debt

The typical American is burdened with an ever-increasing medical debt and receives little relief from providers in the way of healthcare price transparency, according to a new study by the consumer counseling firm NerdWallet.

Study: Reference pricing may not reap significant savings

Self-insured employer groups' practice of reference pricing--capping payments for specific procedures--may not reap significant savings, according to a new study by the National Institute for Health Care Reform.

340B hospital profit study is flawed, hospital groups say

Hospital groups are pushing back against new research in Health Affairs that claims hospitals are profiting from a drug-discount program meant to help low-income and uninsured patients afford their medications.

Hospitals ride drug-discount program to big profits

Hospitals actually profit from a drug-discount program developed for low-income and uninsured patients because the program expanded to serve a richer, better-insured patient base, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

 

Is resistance to Medicaid expansion crumbling?

The lost dollars are whispering ever louder in the ears of Medicaid naysayers. Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was up to states to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable...

Hospital jobs inch back up

Hospital employment, which has been flat as of late, is continuing to experience modest increases, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment at U.S. hospitals increased 0.13 percent during the month of September--6,200 more jobs than August and 23,500 more jobs than in September 2013.

Becton, CareFusion to merge

Two major hospital suppliers will merge at a time when the sector is under pressure to try and control costs. Becton, Dickinson & Company will pay $12.2 billion to acquire CareFusion, about 26 percent above its stock price just before the deal, according to the New York Times.