It's a mistake that happens quite often. When implementing change brought on by regulatory and operational challenges, physician engagement is often neglected. This can result in complete failure of an initiative that an organization has spent millions to achieve.
The initial release of data on payments made by medical product manufacturers to individual physicians and teaching hospitals proves once again that anyone dealing with large amounts of data—including the government—rarely gets it right the first time around.
All the trends are positive as the insurance industry, the government and healthcare reform advocates gear up for the second year of open enrollment on the federal and state-run insurance exchanges.
For years, infectious-disease specialists have warned public health officials to begin preparing for unexpected outbreaks of microbial infections due to climate change.
We've come to a fascinating point in the Obamacare political battle where Republican candidates aren't sure they still want to attack Democrats over the law, and Democrats still aren't sure they want to claim credit for it.
One cannot help but be moved by the heart-rending stories and desperate pleas coming from the four African countries enduring an Ebola outbreak, which has already killed more than 1,000 people.
The Medicare trustees and the Congressional Budget Office weighed in last week with sharply lower estimates for future federal outlays for healthcare. Why aren't the deficit hawks cheering?
The conflicting appellate court opinions on the validity of health insurance subsidies in states with federally run exchanges will give the U.S. Supreme Court a second opportunity to eviscerate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a decision that is at least a year away.
It's easy to get swept up in the swelling enthusiasm for using the explosion in electronic health and claims records to improve every aspect of healthcare. But the era of “big data” isn't going to happen without better federal rules for stimulating its uses and preventing abuses.
The Supreme Court inadvertently struck a blow against the employer-based health insurance system last week.
You can't improve what you don't measure. That quality-improvement mantra rolls easily off the tongue. But when it comes to reducing preventable harm in hospital settings, it turns out that the existing measurement system is woefully inadequate to the task of helping hospitals identify and fix...
In its initial analysis of the legislation now known as Obamacare, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that about half of the newly insured would come through expanding Medicaid. The latest numbers on enrollment nationwide affirm the government bean counters' perspicacity.