As New York begins an ambitious plan to remake its Medicaid program, some hospitals throughout the state may close their doors, although few are expected to go without a fight.
A group of businesses in the Cowboy State are considering banding together to obtain costs for medical procedures and hospital visits--and then negotiate with providers directly, WyoFile reported.
The executive director of a major healthcare reform organization claims that mergers between hospitals and hospital systems only serve to drive up costs.
As is the case in most parts of the country, hospital prices in Washington state are all over the map, with multiples of three or four between facilities for the same procedure, according to the Washington Health Alliance.
Patients who use an in-network hospital for emergency room visits sometmes get an unwelcome surprise: there is no guarantee the care is rendered in-network, the New York Times reported.
Even if patients have insurance, hospitals still want their money before or just after providing care.
Parents given a choice of the type of appendectomy procedure for their children tend to pick the less expensive, more invasive kind, according to a study in the Annals of Surgery.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services identified $3.75 billion in improper payments within the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor program, according to CMS' annual RAC report to Congress for fiscal year 2013.
Are publicly-traded healthcare firms less likely to take on debt when their CEOs receive compensation through stock options?
Three more hospitals dropped out of the Pioneer ACO program, leaving the long-tange financial vaibility of the program in doubt.
Americans have become angry over rising healthcare costs, Consumer Reports reported.
The protracted war between hospitals and recovery audit contractors over how to handle short-stay payment appeals took a new turn as the American Hospital Association demanded a new concession in a recent settlement offer over RAC clawbacks..
Leaders in states hostile to the Affordable Care Act are under increasing pressure to expand Medicaid coverage.
With hospital finances under pressure, top executives must find new ways other than salaries to attract and recruit top talent.
Bon Secours Health System in Richmond, Virginia, may expand its trial bundled payment program for total joint replacement, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.
It's generally accepted that the rates of surgery patients vary across small and large geographical regions across the county. But the reasons for such huge variations are complicated, Stateline reported.
One of the Bay Area's largest public health providers asked for a bailout due to deep financial problems, leading to speculation that its hospitals are ineptly managed, the Contra Costa Times reported.
Prodding physicians to follow recommended care guidelines can help reduce utilization and reduce costs, the Wall Street Journal reported.