Many states are struggling to re-enroll adults and children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, with hundreds of thousands of current beneficiaries at risk of losing coverage, advocates say.
Consumer advocates are cheering the Obama administration's plans to strengthen transparency rules for provider networks and drug formularies so that insurance exchange customers will be able to make informed choices.
As pressure mounts on hospitals to improve quality and reduce costs, they have turned to medicine's fastest-growing physician specialty—hospital medicine—to improve clinical performance and operational efficiency.
Around the country, a number of graduate medical education programs are training young doctors in community-based medicine, in the hope that they'll either stay where they are trained or relocate to other underserved communities.
An agreement between the prominent Chicago hospital and one of the largest employers in the country is yet another example that self-insured companies want to work more directly with high-quality health systems for certain procedures.
The Food and Drug Administration is warning against the use of laparoscopic power morcellator devices to treat uterine fibroids, while obstetricians and gynecologists insist that some women should still have access to the products.
HealthSouth Corp., the nation's largest inpatient rehabilitation hospital chain, announced Monday plans to acquire Encompass Home Health and Hospice for about $750 million.
Hospitals will have an extra month to attest to having met the criteria to receive incentive payments for meaningfully using electronic health records, the CMS said Monday.
No one likes the idea of physicians practicing cookbook medicine. Yet providers and insurers increasingly are asking physicians to use preordained treatment plans called clinical pathways.