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.
Talk about sending mixed messages. Robert McDonald, the new head of the Veterans Affairs Department, wants to hire 28,000 new doctors, nurses and other clinical staff to reduce delays in offering care to the nation's growing VA-eligible population.
After an election where opposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act once again served as a path to political power, it's important to remind politicians about how the law's two distinct sections interact.
“(The arrival home of) Kaci Hickox ... was a perfect teachable moment.
Some states across the country are imposing stringent and unnecessary quarantine requirements on healthcare workers exposed to Ebola patients.
Remember the excitement surrounding Castlight Health's initial public offering? Last March, the San Francisco startup's stock price soared when investors bought into the idea that online price transparency would transform the healthcare marketplace.
The U.S. healthcare system badly fumbled its first unexpected encounter with the deadly Ebola virus. One misdiagnosed patient is dead, two nurses who treated him are sick, and hundreds of people may have been exposed to the virus. Panic is spreading.
Many economists believe rising demand from the newly insured will end the current era of restrained healthcare spending, now in its fourth year.
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.
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...
For years, infectious-disease specialists have warned public health officials to begin preparing for unexpected outbreaks of microbial infections due to climate change.