As patients gain more control over their healthcare and demand more of a role in the decision-making process, hospitals, doctors and front-line workers must engage them in conversations about cost and quality care matters, panelists agreed during an Institute for Healthcare Improvement discussion Thursday afternoon.
It was an odd sight at the annual meeting of the Southern Governors Association--three of its members advocating for expansion of Medicaid eligibility as part of the Affordable Care Act.
In light of the millions of low-income Americans who now qualify for free or heavily subsidized health insurance coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act, some hospital operators reconsider their charity care policies for those who refuse to obtain coverage.
For-profit hospitals and hospital chains change the way healthcare is delivered in the U.S., and often drive up the cost of care, according to Connecticut's junior senator.
The expansion of Medicaid eligibility and funding under the Affordable Care Act will likely smooth over any financial bumps Cook County's large healthcare system may encounter over the next year, the Chicago Tribune reported.
California hospitals charge such a wide array of prices for simple blood tests that it appears there is no rational system in place for pricing such services, according to a study published in BMJ Open.
A standalone community hospital in the Chicago area has been able to deploy technology and new staff to improve patient flow to the point that average length of stay was reduced and the hospital's overall culture was improved.
After questions arose over the finances and related management of the 340B discount drug program, policymakers may need more guidance regarding its future, according to a new report from the RAND Corp.
Small, standalone not-for-profit hospitals and even some larger systems have their backs against the wall due to mounting financial pressures, according to Standard & Poor's Rating Services.
The Medicaid population uses hospital emergency departments at a higher rate than patients with other forms of insurance, but for the most part such visits are necessary, according to a new report from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Advisory Commission.
Hospitals in New York, Wisconsin and Florida may help some patients pay their premiums for health insurance coverage as a way to ensure they receive payment for care they rendered, Kaiser Health News reported.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services doesn't do enough to prevent duplicative reviews of provider payments, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
Hospitals in Kansas and Missouri--two contiguous states whose lawmakers rejected Medicaid expansion--will pay a heavy price for that decision, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute.
Spending on healthcare services in the United States grew at a 4.8 percent annual pace in June, about the same as May, but significantly higher than at the same periods in 2013 and 2012. However, hospital spending was far lower than that brisk pace, according to data from the Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending.
Many not-for-profit clinics now reassess their business strategies as a result of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid, Kaiser Health News reported.
Hospital mergers and acquisitions are on the rise in New York state and vicinity, causing concern that prices for services could soon increase as well, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The University of Florida Health Shands Hospital and several other safety-net hospitals in the Sunshine State claim that the state's Medicaid program underpaid them as much as $73.3 million between 2000 and last year, the Gainesville Sun reported.
To survive in the tumultuous healthcare industry, hospitals around the country need to cut costs while maintaining workflow and maximizing efficiency, which can sometimes leave hospital employees demoralized and stressed, authors Anil Kaul and Jeffrey Mohr write in Hospitals & Health Networks.