About 13 percent of the costs incurred by hospitals can be attributed to the practice of defensive medicine--tests and treatments that aren't medically necessary but ordered to prevent lawsuits,according to a new study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
Hospital prices have barely budged over the past year and so has the ability of most patients to see what acute care facilities charge for procedures.
The Federal Trade Commission, one of the only federal regulatory agencies contesting healthcare mergers, is scoring successes through a 100-year-old law, the New York Times reported.
The recent closure of Vidant Pungo Hospital in Belhaven, North Carolina has hit residents hard both in economic and healthcare terms, according to Kaiser Health News.
The growing movement to reveal prices for hospital procedures is just one piece of the healthcare reform puzzle, according to leading experts who spoke Wednesday at The Economists' Health Care Forum 2014 in Boston.
The chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Health voiced concerns about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' settlement plan for short-stay appeals in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.
In the modern era of healthcare, providers must embrace mergers and acquisitions to manage population health, argues an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal.
The desire to better coordinate the delivery of healthcare services may also drive up the cost of that care, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.
A new report by the Brookings Institution questions previous studies that delve into the vast differences in healthcare spending in different regions of the country.
Hospital budgets are rising in Vermont at one of the lowest rates on record, with many of the state's inpatient care facilities filing estimated budgets significantly lower than the numbers projected by the state's Green Mountain Care Board, according to the Brattleboro Reformer.
Tennessee's rural hospitals continue to struggle, bearing the burden of the state's decision to pass on expanding the Medicaid program, the Memphis Daily News reported.
Physicians often labor under what is described as a "culture of perfection" that deflects efforts to reduce the number of medical errors in hospital settings.
Demand response programs for energy consumption can help hospitals cut costs and save big bucks, Healthcare Finance News reported.
Long-anticipated healthcare spending data from the U.S. Census Bureau bears out what other indicators have said about the sector: inflation is far lower than a decade ago, when it was at or near double-digit growth levels.
The American Hospital Association has thrown its support behind federal legislation intended to streamline how the two federal agencies involved in reviewing mergers go about the process
The Affordable Care Act will change the responsibilities and the expectations of financial management executives in the coming years and decades, Hospitals & Health Networks reported.
A South Florida hospital group may pay the insurance premiums of indigent patients in order to provide them with reliable healthcare coverage, the Associated Press reported.
Some ambulance services now use smaller vehicles and diversify their resources to save money on healthcare delivery, Kaiser Health News reported.
In an industry changing at rapid speed, health systems and hospitals are under more pressure than ever to improve quality, lower costs and innovate using the latest technologies. This environment makes hospital consolidation an imminent reality for facilities across the country.