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Hospitalizations to decline under ACA; impact on outcomes murky

The Affordable Care act will reduce the number of Medicare patients being hospitalized, saving the federal government money, a study published in the October issue of Health Affairs concludes.

Hospitals offset Medicare price cuts with spending cuts

Hospitals offset lost revenue from cuts in Medicare hospital prices by spending less on operations, according to a new study in the journal Health Services Research.

More study of alternative tort reform needed to curb defensive medicine, researchers say

The presence of medical malpractice liability caps doesn't necessarily reduce physicians' practice of defensive medicine, according to a study published in the Aug. 5  Health Affairs.

Urgent care centers more convenient, cheaper than EDs

Urgent care centers are quickly emerging as a popular, cost-effective alternative to the emergency department, reports a new study by the Center for Studying Health System Change.

Varied Medicare costs due to patient health, not geography

Medicare cost variations across geographical regions have more to with health status than wasteful spending or inefficient care practices, according to study published in the journal Medical Care Research and Review.

Hospitals tied to regional price variations

Contrasts in health status and hospital prices account for much of the dramatic cost differences in healthcare among regions of the United States, according to a study by the Center for Studying...

Despite better Internet access, web searches for health information plateauing

The percentage of Americans seeking health information from sources other than their physician fell to 50 percent in 2010 from 56 percent in 2007, according to a new study by the Center for Studying

Practices struggle with e-prescription fulfillments

Although the transition to electronic prescribing for new prescriptions is progressing, there still are challenges with electronic prescribing of renewals, adoption by mail order pharmacies, and

What thought leaders are saying about ACOs

The initial reaction to the final rule for accountable care organizations (ACOs) seemed generally positive from providers. And now that the industry has had a few days to mull it over, more

Hospital-physician alignments may wind up costing more

Increased alignment between hospitals and physicians, while touted as a means to improving quality and cutting costs, may in some instances have the opposite effect. A new issue brief by the