The November elections surely won't end the nonstop, eight-year political war over the shape of the U.S. healthcare system. But the ballot results likely will determine whether the changes driven by the ACA continue in the same direction or the system returns to its previous, less-regulated form.
Nearly everyone in healthcare speculated for the past year about how the U.S. Justice Department would respond to the mega-deals proposed by Aetna and Anthem. Officials were concise and stern as they delivered their answers from a podium last week.
Physicians are increasingly selling their practices to larger groups to gain access to the capital and expertise needed to survive under value-based reimbursement.
This is not a time for procrastinators as Medicare physician reimbursement undergoes its biggest change since its launch in 1965.
Dr. Joe Schlecht isn't afraid of MACRA, although he knows the design of the new Medicare payment system will be challenging for small practices like his. “Most primary-care physicians are still practicing like they did 10 years ago. They don't even know how to spell MACRA,” he said.
The decadelong movement to combat medical errors in hospitals and other healthcare settings has increased demand for specialists who can lead quality and safety improvement projects. New graduate programs are teaching mid-career professionals those leadership skills.
With a median annual compensation of $555,000, orthopedic surgeons topped the highest-paid list this year among the 23 medical specialties in Modern Healthcare's 23rd annual Physician Compensation Survey.
As in other industries, CIOs in healthcare are becoming key advisers to the CEO and important figures in board meetings, a dramatic shift from less than a decade ago. The change reflects technology's sprawling role in the overall operational and strategic viability of hospitals and health systems.
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is nothing like the party's previous nominees, so it isn't surprising that the GOP health policy platform only days ahead of the convention remains largely unknown—very unlike 2012 or 2008.
Dr. Theodore Strange and his 60 physician colleagues at the University Physicians Group in New York City will soon be hospital-employed again. Across the country, physician groups are going through the same deliberate exercises that led Strange and partners to cast their lot with a bigger system.
Miami so often resembles a war zone that the U.S. Army chose Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital as a training center. Learn about surgeon and Army veteran Dr. George Garcia's experiences there in Part II of our series The Other Victims of Gun Violence.
Gloria Hall met Kamilah Givens the way she meets many young women and men in her job. “She was pretty much dead,” recalls Hall, a 59-year-old RN in one of the country's busiest trauma centers. Givens had been shot 10 times.