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Bundled payments may be more cost effective than ACOs

​A new report on the Medicare program's attempt to remake the nation's healthcare finance system praised accountable care organizations but also pushed for the continued use of bundled payments to facilitate lower-cost, higher-quality care.

Hospital lobbies ask Congress to keep restrictions on physician-owned facilities

In a strongly worded letter, hospital leaders asked members of the House Ways and Means Committee to shoot down pending legislation that would loosen restrictions on physician-owned facilities.

Prominent oncologist blasts cancer drug prices

The annual gathering of the American Society of Clinical Oncology is usually a showcase of the latest cancer treatment therapies and breakthroughs, but this year's conference in Chicago featured something new: A highly visible gripe session about the cost of drugs used to treat patients.

CMS releases new physician, hospital payment data

Newly released data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services show that Medicare reimbursements to doctors are far from evenly distributed, while hospital charges for top procedures and conditions have increased moderately.

Family wins $45.6M in medical error suit against NewYork-Presbyterian

A jury awarded $45.6 million to the parents of a Long Island man who was paralyzed and eventually died due to what his lawyers argue was a medical error on the part of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, the  New York Times  reports.

Community health centers expand services, promote wellness

Even as the federal government has set aside $101 million to build new community health centers across the country, these clinics' roles and reputations appear to be evolving beyond their traditional definition.

Why healthcare must harness the power of female consumers

It's clear that women are the primary healthcare decision-makers for themselves and their families, according to a new survey, but healthcare organizations could do more to understand and cater to this powerful demographic.

Texas' refusal to expand Medicaid hurts both hospitals and business community

The resistance to Medicare expansion by the state of Texas is carrying a heavy price--it will forego about $100 billion in federal funding over the next decade, as well as lost economic activity and billions of dollars in uncompensated care costs its hospitals must shoulder,  National Public Radio (NPR)  has reported.

To take care of patients, first take care of yourself and your staff

My mother is a wise woman, and yet growing up I often ignored her advice because, after all, what could she possibly know that I, as a worldly 18-year-old, didn't already know? Spoiler alert: A...

How to spot the difference between 'good' and 'bad' mergers

Mergers and acquisitions continue to be a hot topic in the healthcare industry as M&A activity rises and the government flexes its regulatory muscle, but amid all the developments it's important to note that not all mergers are created equal.