Wildly different experiences with the ACA marketplaces have played out across 34 not-for-profit and mutual Blue Cross and Blue Shield brands, according to a Modern Healthcare analysis of financial filings.
Safety net systems and health officials in communities with large numbers of unauthorized immigrants view caring for them as a core part of managing population health, even though the ACA expressly disqualifies them from coverage.
School-based health centers have been opening across the country as a new method to provide healthcare to vulnerable populations. “Kids tend to fall through the cracks," said Ishtar Gonzalez, a social worker at a school clinic in the Bronx sponsored by Montefiore Medical Center.
Mental health parity in insurance coverage won't overcome the barriers to access presented by providers who continue to reject third-party reimbursement.
Fixing the nation's broken system of care for millions of Americans suffering from mental illness and drug addiction has risen to the top of Congress' agenda. The big question is whether lawmakers will have enough time to tackle the issue during the lame-duck session.
This year we honor the 30th class for Modern Healthcare's Up & Comers awards. The program recognizes healthcare's rising stars—young men and women still in the early phases of their careers but who have already made their marks in the industry.
Despite growing outrage over price spikes on specialty drugs, biologics and generics, a political solution seems as far away as ever. And drug industry lobbyists are planning a major post-election campaign to keep it that way.
Medication-assisted treatment for opioid abusers is scarce in rural areas, but three projects aim to develop strategies to make it more accessible.
Community Health Systems CEO Wayne Smith has said he wants to trim the company's hospital holdings to core markets. But the whole company might be up for sale or sold off in big blocks.
Expectations that the ACA-driven reduction in charitable care would force the nation's largest not-for-profit healthcare systems to step up their investment in community-based prevention programs have yet to be fulfilled.
Hospitals are increasingly investing in modernizing their food-service systems. Shore Medical Center says the technology is a factor in a 10% improvement in its Press Ganey patient-satisfaction scores and credits the system with saving about $25,000 yearly because of less food waste.
In the three years since the FDA published final regulations on a unique device identifier system, most manufacturers and distributors have successfully started phasing in UDIs for their products. But few healthcare providers are able to take full advantage of the data.