Hospitals across the country have been rapidly consolidating for some time, but more of them are doing so now from a position of financial strength as they see increased volume and an improved payer mix under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Jerrit Tan, a first-generation Chinese-American, used to skip school to act as a translator for his immigrant parents and extended family when they visited a doctor. Now he has developed a smartphone app that provides medical interpretation services in 15 languages.
Researchers and cost-control advocates are increasingly questioning drugs, devices and procedures that proved effective in clinical trials but don't achieve the same outcomes once widely deployed. Sometimes they perform worse than cheaper alternatives already on the market.
Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is like the dog that caught up to the car he was chasing. Now what?
Accountable care organizations across the country are in sharply different stages of aggregating and using patient data to improve quality of care and reduce costs.
The healthcare sector will be hiring at a faster pace in 2015 as a healthier economy and shrinking uninsured population fuel an uptick in demand for routine and discretionary services. The hiring binge will be uneven, though.
For a physician to deliver an accurate diagnosis, it requires time for thoughtful consideration of a patient's symptoms. But time is one element physicians say they don't have.
A growing number of university engineering and medical schools are launching new collaboratives after recognizing both perspectives are required for success in developing new medical technologies.
The specter of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down premium subsidies for millions of Americans will loom over the healthcare policy debate in Washington during the first half of 2015, and its fallout could dominate the second half of the year.
A growing number of hospitals are buying robots that kill bacteria such as C-difficile as they seek new tools to stop costly and deadly hospital-acquired infections. But there are questions about how best to use the new disinfection robots.
As more employers explore the advantages of self-insurance and administrative services only contracts, insurers have to find innovative ways to appeal to employers and help them reduce costs and improve care.
Healthcare providers and insurers were busy implementing healthcare reform in 2014, millions of uninsured Americans gained coverage, and healthcare spending growth remained modest even as partisan warfare over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continued in full force.