Many hospitals hire and contract with doctors to boost referrals and serve members in their coordinated-care networks. But how to pay these doctors has become a perilous area under the Stark and anti-kickback laws and the False Claims Act, with whistle-blowers and the Justice Department watching....
As health systems shift to alternative payment models rewarding them for keeping patients healthy, some are accelerating their investments in technology tools and other initiatives that increase access for rural patients....
Political and policy observers say President Barack Obama's 2015 budget blueprint for healthcare is significant because it lays out the administration's legislative priorities for the rest of the year and for whatever congressional landscape lies beyond the November elections....
Hospital employment in February fell for the third consecutive month, a downward trend in hiring not seen in 20 years, federal data show. The drop came as overall healthcare employment continued to rise....
Two senators introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday to address the contentious two-midnight rule for hospital inpatient stays by establishing new guidelines for the CMS. The measure resembles one already being considered in the House....
Tenet Healthcare Corp. is partnering with Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health System. Tenet is following the lead of other publicly traded chains that have allied with academic medical centers to capitalize on the academic center's brand and clinical expertise...
House Republicans have found another back-door way to attempt a dismantling of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Next week, the lower chamber is expected to vote on legislation that... FULL STORY »
Cerner Corp. has settled a dispute with a North Dakota hospital over allegations of defective financial software with an arbitration settlement of more than $106 million, according to the company's... FULL STORY »
By Steven Ross Johnson | March 07, 2014
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Messages designed by public health officials to debunk parents' misconceptions about a causal link between vaccines and autism may have had an opposite effect, discouraging immunization instead. FULL STORY »
Hospital employment in February fell for the third consecutive month, a downward trend in hiring not seen in 20 years, federal data show. The drop came as overall healthcare employment continued to... FULL STORY »
The Obama administration decision to allow renewals for plans not compliant with the ACA into 2016 was met with a tepid response from state regulators and insurers. They expressed concern that the... FULL STORY »
Two senators introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday to address the contentious two-midnight rule for hospital inpatient stays by establishing new guidelines for the CMS. The measure resembles one... FULL STORY »
Epic Systems Corp. has been selected by drugstore chain CVS Caremark Corp. as the provider of an electronic health-record system for its MinuteClinic division, a deal that will extend Epic's... FULL STORY »
By Steven Ross Johnson | March 06, 2014
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Young people who tried electronic cigarettes had a greater likelihood of smoking conventional cigarettes, according to a new study, further raising concerns over whether the devices serve as a... FULL STORY »
By Paul Demko and Jessica Zigmond | March 04, 2014
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President Barack Obama is proposing more than $400 billion in cuts to Medicare over the next decade in his fiscal 2015 budget, an almost identical amount to what he recommended last year. But those... FULL STORY »
An estimated 22% of patients at skilled-nursing facilities experienced preventable injuries, such as medication errors, falls and infections, and had to stay longer in the hospital, according to a... FULL STORY »
Doctors in some hospitals may prescribe three times as many antibiotics as doctors in other hospitals for patients receiving the same type of care, a new CDC Vital Signs Report finds. The variability... FULL STORY »