Although the Veterans Health Administration has a backlog of nearly 867,000 healthcare applications in pending status, 35 percent of the backlog contain applications for deceased veterans, according to a new report from the VHA's Office of Inspector General.
The American Hospital Association, which already has expressed its concerns about the pending merger between Anthem and Cigna, now has done the same for the Aetna-Humana merger.
Physician-owned hospitals have a reputation for hijacking the lion's share of desirable patients at the expense of other providers but it is largely undeserved, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.
The government receives a lot of criticism for what it does and does not do. Some of that criticism is unfounded. But sometimes it's justifiable.
Now that repairing or replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a "realistic possibility," any new plan to fix the healthcare system should feature two key elements: High-deductible plans and health savings accounts, according to an opinion piece published by the Wall Street Journal.
A fall-prevention plan may be only as good as a hospitalized patient's belief that it's necessary, suggests a study published in the American Journal of Critical Care.
Epic Systems is engaging in unlawful antitrust activity, according to former Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO Paul Levy, who adds in a blog post that the company should be investigated by the Massachusetts state attorney general.
Though they still must wait months to learn if their merger deals will receive the Department of Justice's blessing, some of the country's largest insurers have been gearing up to argue their case among federal regulators.
Older patients are significantly more likely than their younger counterparts to end up in the hospital following outpatient surgery, according to new research out of Northwestern University, but there are ways physicians can reduce this risk, reported U.S. News & World Report.
Medical errors, the third-leading cause of death in the United States, are up at Veterans Affairs facilities, but the department is spending less time investigating what caused those errors, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.