While regulatory approval of Blue Shield of California's $1.2 billion acquisition of the Los Angeles managed-care company Care1st removed its state tax-exempt status, consumer groups say the combined entity's commitment to expand access and increase transparency doesn't go far enough.
West Chester Hospital in Cincinnati and its parent company UC Health will pay $4.1 million to settle allegations that the hospital submitted claims for medically unnecessary spine surgeries. The settlement reflects the government's growing interest in targeting unnecessary care.
A list of critical-access hospitals by state, ranked by the number of CAHs as of Sept. 1, 2015. Source: Flex Monitoring Team. Published Oct. 5, 2015, p. 34.
South Carolina was ravaged by storms this past weekend that has caused major flooding throughout the past week. Hospital officials say conditions are improving, but problems persist.
More Medicare Advantage plans nabbed top quality marks for their 2016 plans than last year, but the CMS' star ratings, released Thursday, show that private Medicare plans are still failing on many levels.
State Medicaid agencies are bracing for hundreds of millions in new obligations thanks to a significant increase in Medicare premiums.
Wall Street will be on full alert next week to see if healthcare companies' earnings reports will rejuvenate their slumping stocks and the broader U.S. market. Johnson & Johnson and UnitedHealth Group will be among the first to report.
Telemedicine crossed another milestone this week in a long march toward validation as a new American Medical Association group met to develop additional billing codes for the services.
For the second year in a row, the nation's top two kidney-care providers performed at significantly different levels of quality, according to CMS data released Thursday. DaVita beat out competitor Fresenius in the four- and five-star categories.