Hospitals and emergency room physicians are reducing the use of high-tech imaging in order to cut healthcare costs, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The former owner of a Los Angeles-area hospital will plead guilty to federal charges that he bribed a state senator as part of a wide-ranging kickback scheme to get spinal surgery cases referred to his facility, the Associated Press reported. Altogether, the fraudulent charges connected to the scheme may top $500 million.
In recent years rating agencies projected negative outlooks for hospitals due to the lingering fallout from the Great Recession and the large number of uninsured patients treated at hospitals. But looks like that is about to change, at least in regards to for-profit hospitlas.
Community clinics--considered a crucial linchpin of healthcare delivery under the Affordable Care Act--may face serious financial harm due to "private option" Medicaid expansions, Kaiser Health News reported.
A troubled hospital in New Jersey is rejecting its current payer contracts and engaging in balance billing patients, sometimes for tens of thousands of dollars, according to the Bergen County Record.
Due to an odd wrinkle in Iowa's abortion law, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is not applying for state funding to pay for the procedure. The system has swallowed the cost on the 15 or so publicly-funded abortions it has performed so far in 2014, according to the Associated Press.
The mergers of hospitals and healthcare systems are more likely to lead to higher costs for consumers than more efficient healthcare delivery, according to a Bloomberg opinion article.
Could the Affordable Care Act (ACA) help to reduce personal bankruptcies? That's the gist of research performed by economists at the Federal Reserve of Chicago and the University of Notre Dame.
Many states are using the cost-cutting impetus of the Affordable Care Act to combine their Medicare and Medicaid programs, thus saving money on the care provided for enrollees, StateLine reports.
Hospitals in Texas, hurting from the state's decision not to pursue additional Medicaid funds, are now exploring how to distribute current funds more equitably.
Idaho lawmakers, fearing their state is falling behind in terms of healthcare price transparency and quality reporting, are now pushing a bill that would require hospitals to post procedure prices and costs, the Idaho Statesman reported.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has approved a waiver for New York State that will provide up to $8 billion in extra Medicaid funding for the next five years.
National Quality Forum Chief Executive Officer Christine Cassel is receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to sit on the boards of group purchasing cooperative Premier, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Health Plans--a financial conflict of interest, according to ProPublica.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's opportunity to create a Massachusetts-wide healthcare system that would rival Partners Healthcare in size fell apart, according to the Boston Globe.
Changes and uncertainty under the Affordable Care Act have private practice doctors flocking to hospitals--most notably among primary care physicians,with specialists not far behind, the New York Times reported.
The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) is pushing its members to disclose the fees they charge to patients prior to treatment, the Hartford Courant reported.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' watchdog arm intends to study whether caps on the compensation of hospital executives could have an impact on future costs to the Medicare program.
Although more hospitals are cutting inpatient psychiatric beds because they are unprofitable, some Florida hospitals are bucking the trend and expanding their mental health services.
Lawmakers in New Mexico are working on a potential tax hike intended to shore up the finances of the state's distressed rural hospitals, the Albuquerque Journal reported.