The Phoenix metro area is booming. Once-sleepy neighborhoods are seeing real estate bidding wars. New housing developments are appearing where there once was nothing. Against that backdrop, healthcare in Phoenix is reorganizing as systems compete for patients and the doctors who refer them.
Tactics used in the federal inquiry that led over 500 hospitals to settle charges they submitted false claims for implantable heart devices could shape how the government conducts future Medicare fraud investigations.
A half-century after formation of the Federation of American Hospitals, for-profit hospital chains have moved beyond a scandal-plagued past to forge a permanent place in the healthcare landscape that features both collaboration and competition with not-for-profit systems.
The nation's top healthcare leaders overwhelmingly back the Affordable Care Act and support its goal of pushing providers away from fee-for-service medicine and toward delivering value-based care, according to Modern Healthcare's second-quarter CEO Power Panel poll.
Physicians have increasingly looked to 3-D printing for unique implants and surgical models, and some manufacturers are now using the method to mass produce medical devices and even drugs that are more precise, customizable and biocompatible than conventionally produced products.
The rise of high-deductible health insurance is challenging providers across the country to change the way they prepare for and collect payments from people getting hit with large out-of-pocket costs for care.
While the current opioid crisis has attitudes shifting toward emphasizing treatment over punishment for addicts, clinicians still fear punitive actions if they seek help.
Institutional investors are pushing for a range of reforms at publicly traded healthcare firms. High on the agenda is easier access to proxy ballots for an alternative slate of board directors.
The tax penalty and other measures designed to get younger, healthier people to sign up for individual plans on the ACA's insurance exchanges have not accomplished their mission of preventing adverse selection.
Some health and civil-rights advocates say guidelines that recommend women postpone breast cancer screenings until they are age 50 should not apply to black women, who are more likely to die if they contract the disease.
Hospitals—having spent the better part of the past decade working with their surgeons to narrow the variety of cardiovascular, orthopedic and other implants used in their operating rooms—are now looking for new ways to cut expenses related to these high-cost items.
A new federal rule will encourage states to ramp up auditing of Medicaid managed-care insurers, many of which keep their medical spending hidden from public view.