Healthcare spending trends are continuing along their historic lows, according to data from the Altarum Institute, while prices are also near similar levels.
Despite enacting a groundbreaking law on healthcare price transparency, it remains difficult to actually obtain prices from Massachusetts providers, according to a second study this year by the Pioneer Institute, which surveyed the offices of more than 90 specialty providers such as gastroenterologists, dermatologists, ophthalmologists and dentists.
In Florida, private providers appear to be shut out of getting paid for treating indigent patients, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Recent drops in petroleum prices could wind up being a boon for hospital supply purchasing, Healthcare Finance News has reported.
At a time when healthcare prices continue to rise, Swedish Health Services in Seattle cut its prices for the large proportion of its outpatient services by an average of 35 percent earlier this year, according to a report by the Heartland Institute.
Rural hospitals appear to be struggling with providing follow-up care to patients after discharge, amplifying the risk of their readmission with 30 days
After a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services bundled payment pilot project saved $1 million its first year while strengthening outcomes, CMS announced 360 more providers will join the program.
It's time to overhaul the current use of the work relative value units to determine how physicians are paid, argues an article in the most recent issue of HFM Magazine.
There has been a long-running debate as to whether the Affordable Care Act is actually killing jobs, creating them or doing little at all. A new study suggests it is the third case.
The federal government pays $15 billion a year for the training of medical residents--an expenditure that may be largely unnecessary, according to the International Business Times.
Measures that chart hospital performance often neglect another large facet of healthcare delivery: Unnecessary or overutilized services.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will extend its partial enforcement delay of the unpopular two-midnight policy until the end of the year. The postponement coincides with proposed changes to the short-stay rule that the agency issued in July.
Cash flows and other financial indicators are making gains for some non-profit hospitals, but only those in a strong financial position to begin with, according to a Fitch Ratings report.
As hospitals acquire more and more physician practices, it can mean increased costs, due in part to pending payment adjustments to the Physician Quality Reporting System. To avoid penalties, hospital leaders must move beyond a hospital-centric perspective, according to Healthcare Finance News.
Publicly-traded hospital stocks were hit hard last week due to a spike in uninsured patients at one company, Investor's Business Daily has reported.
A labor union representing workers at three Hawaiian hospitals has filed suit to block a privatization effort, according to Pacific Business News.
St. Luke's Health System jealously kept its patients within its hospitals in Idaho, the Idaho Statesman has reported, a business model that ultimately played into the unraveling of its acquisition of Idaho's largest medical group.
Hospitals, which just a few years ago balked at the idea of adding new employees, have become a job-generating machine for the U.S. economy, according to the latest labor data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.