Cook County (Ill.) Jail is trying to shed its reputation as the “nation's largest mental health institution,” and it is leading a nationwide movement with jailhouse and community treatment strategies to keep inmates with mental illness from returning.
The U.S. military's giant EHR contract announced last week with a consortium including Cerner Corp. likely will have a major impact on advancing interoperability in health information technology across the entire U.S. healthcare system, experts say.
At the center of the huge U.S. drug research enterprise sit some of its lowest-paid workers, who do the data-entry scut work that holds most research projects together. Unfortunately, they often must juggle their tasks between separate data systems.
Thousands of women have experienced problems with the Essure birth control device. They claim these side effects were not disclosed to them by the manufacturer or their doctors, and that their complaints have been dismissed for years by the device manufacturer, physicians and the federal government.
Anthem's announced $54.2 billion takeover of Cigna Corp. last week is the latest and largest sign of health insurers' lust for scale. But at the heart of the merger momentum is their desire to expand their government business, particularly in the lucrative Medicare Advantage market.
Lured by the potential for big paydays, nearly 30 states have passed or expanded their own false claims laws to pursue questionable Medicaid billings by drugmakers, healthcare providers and suppliers.
Investors now have a heightened interest in behavioral health after new laws have gone into effect giving treatment for mental disorders payment parity with physical illnesses. Insurers and government payers also are beginning to see treatment of behavioral health disorders as a wise investment.
Twenty physician specialties received a pay hike in 2014, while only three specialties saw their average pay decline from 2013 to 2014, according to Modern Healthcare's 22nd annual Physician Compensation Survey. The largest pay increase last year was in urology.
The hips and knees of the nation's seniors were an obvious target for Medicare's first mandatory test of an alternative payment model for hospitals. But joint replacement isn't the only possible target. Hospitals are now on notice that Medicare will move ahead if they don't do it on their own.
About 40 health systems have started venture funds. The lure is the potential for big payoffs and the promise of getting in on the ground floor with effective new healthcare technologies and services. But most startups fail to deliver on venture capitalists' investment.
Hundreds of private-sector ACOs are taking shape across the country. For some, these deals will prepare providers and payers for fully capitated arrangements in which providers are paid a global fee per member for managing an enrolled population's healthcare.
An insurer's transformation: Humana's evolution into Medicare powerhouse offers strong lure to Aetna
An acquisition by Aetna would bring an end to the half-century of radical company makeovers by Humana and create an insurance giant in the fast-growing market for government-subsidized health plans.