The CMS will push nursing homes to reduce their use of antipsychotic medications by 25% by the end of 2015 and plans to incorporate a measure of the drugs' use to its star-rating system for consumers....
An unusual joint venture between Anthem Blue Cross and seven competing Los Angeles-area hospital systems to offer employers a low-priced HMO plan underscores the eagerness of insurers and providers to try novel and risky strategies to survive in the rapidly changing healthcare marketplace....
A new joint venture linking California's second-largest insurer and seven major providers in a defined network that will compete directly with Kaiser Permanente throughout greater Tinseltown represents a major milepost in the nation's movement toward healthcare network competition and value-based......
Hospitals' need to cut costs and coordinate care is driving health systems to give clinical and clerical workers greater responsibility for direct patient services, freeing up more-credentialed professionals for work only they are qualified to do....
The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit alleging that three surgeons performed unnecessary spinal surgeries, a distribution company they invested in encouraged them to pressure hospitals to buy its medical implants, and the company and one of the surgeons denied the physician investments even as......
Patient-safety advocates say the CMS' new plan to curb the use of antipsychotic medications in nursing home patients with dementia falls short of what's needed to eliminate unnecessary use. FULL STORY »
By Virgil Dickson | September 22, 2014
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The CMS has granted HealthCare.gov contractor Quality Software Services Inc. an eight-month contract extension worth up to $29 million, saying as it did with another recent award that time is too... FULL STORY »
By Andis Robeznieks | September 22, 2014
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The American College of Physician Executives has changed its name to the American Association for Physician Leadership, in response to how the healthcare industry is looking to physicians, not just... FULL STORY »
By Andis Robeznieks and Michael Sandler | September 19, 2014
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The nation's largest medical-liability carriers are selling less insurance, and collecting less premium income, thanks to consolidation among healthcare providers, more self-insurance, a highly... FULL STORY »
Health information technology giant Cerner Corp. received clearance from the Federal Trade Commission late Thursday to move ahead with its $1.3 billion acquisition of Siemens Health Services. FULL STORY »
Through no fault of their own, a subset of physicians and other health professionals participating in the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program may get hit with Medicare... FULL STORY »
PreferredOne was one of the biggest surprises of Obamacare's first open-enrollment period. The plan captured 59% of enrollments through Minnesota's exchange. But on Tuesday, PreferredOne delivered a... FULL STORY »
The Indiana University Proton Therapy Center will close in December, marking the first time a proton-beam therapy center in the U.S. has shut its doors since the rapid proliferation of the costly... FULL STORY »
Anthem Blue Cross' new health plan partnership with seven hospital systems has grabbed the attention of healthcare stakeholders nationally, but questions loom about the ability of the HMO-like plan... FULL STORY »
By Virgil Dickson | September 18, 2014
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The CMS plans to perform, by the end of September, a comprehensive security assessment of Healthcare.gov to determine if any site vulnerabilities exist, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said at a... FULL STORY »
Many employer-sponsored wellness programs need some healing hands themselves, particularly when it comes to embracing home and mobile health technology. That's especially true when employees still... FULL STORY »
Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough... FULL STORY »