MRIs, CT scans and X-rays for low back pain patients dropped by half last year at the UPMC health system in Pittsburgh after doctors started seeing reminders in the electronic health record that such tests can be unnecessary, a move inspired in part by the Choosing Wisely campaign.
Healthcare has lagged other industries in investment and innovation in information technology. Now, scrambling to catch up, hospitals and health systems are facing a tight supply of skilled IT managers and executives that is holding them back.
Preferred SNF networks represent an aggressive new strategy by hospitals to gain more control over quality and costs in the largely independent skilled-nursing facility sector.
Medicare's 32 Pioneer accountable care organizations posted mixed results after two years, revealing once again that making money from care coordination is proving a heavy lift for most provider organizations.
Revised House bill to overhaul U.S. regulation of prescription drugs includes funding for NIH, and other news
A revised House bill that would overhaul federal regulation of prescription drugs and medical devices includes more funding for the National Institutes of Health, representing a compromise with Democrats who had withdrawn support for the bill.
Boston-based not-for-profit healthcare system Partners HealthCare is notifying about 3,300 patients about a data breach after workers were tricked in a phishing scam.
The Boston-based system will end inpatient operations at Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care North Shore later this year because its leaders concluded it won't be able to survive under new CMS admitting criteria.
Provider-owned health plans continue to spring up or get larger as more hospitals and physician groups are moving to take on financial risk for their patients under value-based and capitated payment contracts.
Modern Healthcare's 11th annual ranking of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders in many ways reflects the transformation of healthcare over the past several years.
A growing number of health systems, accountable care organizations and medical home-style practices are deploying care coordinators—which some call navigators. That is changing how patients get care and it's changing the jobs of doctors, nurses and other front-line providers.
Boston-based Partners HealthCare, only weeks after it lost an antitrust battle regarding planned acquisitions, is in the crosshairs again, this time from the Massachusetts attorney general, for the planned purchase of a doctors group.
Boston-based Partners HealthCare has abandoned plans to acquire South Shore Hospital, South Weymouth, Mass., in light of a court ruling spiking its deal with state regulators to address antitrust concerns.