Kaiser, Providence, Ascension leaders share cost-cutting strategies

Cutting costs in healthcare organizations often requires standardization and collaboration, tasks that are far easier said than done at large systems such as Kaiser Permanente, Providence Health & Services or Ascension Health.

New federal program will help speed transition to value-based care

President Barack Obama this week officially launched the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a wide-reaching, public-private collaboration aimed to speed up the transition to value-based payment models

The financial return on a culture of patient safety

The patient safety program at the Adventist Health System saved lives and also $108 million in total costs between 2009 and 2012, according to a new study pubilshed in the Journal of Patient Safety. 

Are hospital leaders the culprits for rising healthcare costs?

Are America's hospitals the villains in the ongoing war against healthcare costs? Reihan Salam seems to think so. He argues in a recent issue of Slate that hospital business practices drive up costs and that politicians regularly close ranks to protect their interests.


MRSA prevention in hospitals might be too costly

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a scourge in hospitals, infecting thousands of patients a year, but a new study suggests that it may be too expensive to treat aggressively.


House passes doc fix; Obama pledges support

The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan, permanent repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate formula today in a 402-12 vote. But it's still unclear whether the Senate will vote on the bill before the March 31 deadline.

Hospital cost-shifting may be overblown

The New York Times takes a new look at the phenomenon of cost-shifting, supposedly caused by Medicaid's underpayments to hospitals, which in turn cause hospitals to charge higher rates to commercially insured patients.

Hospital bill for child delivery: $37,000

The LA Times looks at the confusing charges and escalating prices for a three-day hospital stay and physician fees for an uncomplicated child delivery.

HHS: Medicaid expansion cut uncompensated care by $7.4B

The expansion of Medicaid program eligibility under the Affordable Care Act reduced the cost of caring for the uninsured by $7.4 billion last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced.

Compassionate healthcare can boost bottom line

Compassionate healthcare delivery might not only be morally correct, it could also help hospitals and health systems' bottom lines.

Is Medicaid expansion truly destroying America?

The Heritage Foundation--the conservative think tank that unwittingly brought us the Affordable Care Act--wants to let you know that Medicaid expansion under the healthcare reform law is destroying America.

Hospitals have cut use of fossil fuels, but not electricity

Hospitals have cut their use of fossil fuel for their energy needs in recent years, but they still rely on electricity, according to the latest report by Chicago-based engineering consultant Grumman/Butkus Associates.

Hepatitis C drugs could drive up U.S. health costs by $10 billion a year

A new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.concludes that the new class of drugs developed to treat hepatitis C could drive up healthcare costs by nearly $50 billion over the next five years.

ACOs could meet both payment reform, population health needs

Accountable care organizations represent a rare opportunity for states to meet both their population health and payment reform needs, according to a new study by the Milbank Memorial Fund. 

Gawker examines variations in surgical prices by city

Prices for common medical procedures at hospitals vary widely by city, according to a new examination by the online publication Gawker.

Study: Doctors need help adjusting to value-based payment environments

Alternative and value-based payments may be the wave of the future in healthcare, but providers are unprepared to actually accept them, according to a new study.

AHA creates toolkit to assist in price transparency

The American Hospital Association has assembled a toolkit for its members in order to improve their price transparency.

Lawmakers unveil $210 billion SGR fix

A bipartisan effort to fix the troublesome Sustainable Growth Rate formula finally bore fruit Thursday, as House and Senate leaders introduced legislation that would stop automatic Medicare cuts to doctors.

House leaders negotiate permanent SGR repeal

After lawmakers derailed what looked like a permanent legislative fix to the widely unpopular sustainable growth rate formula last year, Congress members seek to craft another long-term fix ahead of a looming deadline, MedPageToday reports--and this time they just might pull it off.

4 price transparency considerations for providers

The majority of Americans want to compare healthcare prices, but many don't know how to find the information they need, according to a report from Public Agenda.