UnitedHealth announcement could have impact on hospitals

UnitedHealth Group's change of heart about providing subsidized insurance to tens of millions of lower and middle-income Americans, according to Bloomberg, may play a significant role in how hospitals fare in the coming years.

Shareholders still triumph over patients--for now

"Do I need to worry about my insurance," my father-in-law asked me. I recently documented his extensive health issues. He's an enrollee in a UnitedHealth Medicare Advantage plan. So...

Hospitals push again on new 340B guidance

As the federal government continues to push new guidance regarding how the 340B drug discount program operates, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and its members continue to prod Congress to ensure that the changes do not go too far.

Few hospitals sign up for privatized Medicaid in Iowa

The state of Iowa has been transitioning its Medicaid to a privatized managed care program, but to date there have been few takers among hospitals.

CMS okays Medicaid money for housing

The Obama administration has signed off on the use of Medicaid funds to house enrollees, possibly creating a path that would not only bring down the homeless population but also cut down on hospital costs.

Gallup: Costs are number one healthcare issue for Americans

Despite a significant expansion of coverage for Americans under healthcare reform, Americans' top healthcare concern is how to pay for it, according to a recent Gallup Poll on healthcare delivery. 

Interdisciplinary practice of medicine can pay off for small hospitals

The interdisciplinary practice of medicine could push hospitals closer toward better quality and patient outcomes, according to

An ER, a hospital-operated urgent care center and vastly different prices

Patients who undergo treatment at a hospital emergency room versus a hospital-owned urgent care center can expect to see a huge differential in prices.


New Jersey hospitals take legal action to try to stop Horizon tiered network

Seventeen hospitals in New Jersey have taken legal action this week to stop one of the state's biggest insurers from unveiling a tiered provider network they claim excludes them unfairly. 

Atlantic Health identifies keys to successful ACO, population health initiatives

The five-hospital Atlantic Health System in New Jersey has been pushing aggressively into accountable care and population health management, and it is showing signs of success, according to Healthcare Informatics

Hospital construction projects anchor large, multi-use developments

Several large hospital construction projects place hospitals at the center of retail, hotel and multifamily residential developments, according to real estate information company CoStar Group.

Healthcare comes in third in executive pay growth

Compensation for healthcare executives increased 8 percent last year, according to a new study from accounting/consulting firm BDO.

CMS unveils new bundled payment joint replacement initiative

A new federal government initiative will hold hospitals accountable for the quality of care they deliver to Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries for joint replacements.

Anger over healthcare costs is at a breaking point

The real anger about healthcare costs--the kind that could actually reshape healthcare delivery--is beginning. Those grumblings are coming from Americans who for decades had to pay for little of...

CFO survey shows promise for capital expenditures

Chief financial officers seem poised to continue capital expenditures as there are few economic headwinds ahead, according to a new survey by TD Bank. It queried 300 CFOs across all professions on the East Coast, including those in the healthcare sector.

Altarum: Huge healthcare job growth but spending, price trends remain low

The healthcare economy continues to chug on, adding jobs at a high rate while pricing and spending trends remain low, according to recent data from the Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending. 

Hospital, pediatric lobbies ask for more GME funding

Hospital and pediatrics lobbies are pushing the Obama administration for a small increase in graduate medical education funding at children's hospitals.

Maryland's global budgeting push hospitals closer to 'Triple Aim'

Maryland's shift to global budgets has led to some impressive successes, but many challenges remain, according to the president of that state's hospital association.

How to address healthcare's 'pricing failures'

Healthcare is currently experiencing a pricing failure that the country must fix in the coming years, according to Forbes columnist Dave Chase, who writes that the profligate spending on healthcare services prevents some states from funding education and other initiatives. He has suggested a specific fix to the issue.

Lahey Health CEO: How two-way patient transfers cut costs [Interview]

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthFinance,  Lahey Health CEO, Howard Grant, M.D., discusses the integrated healthcare system's novel cost-saving approach of transferring teaching hospital patients to community care settings for care.