Another patch looks inevitable as 'doc fix' deadline nears

By Paul Demko  |  March 06, 2015

The perennial battle over Medicare payments to doctors is about to surface again on Capitol Hill but don't put your money on chances for a permanent solution. That's a sucker bet, Hill watchers agree.

Andrabi named CEO of Mercy Health-Toledo

Andrabi named CEO of Mercy Health-Toledo

By Rachel Landen  |  March 05, 2015

Dr. Imran Andrabi is now president, CEO and chief network integration officer of Mercy Health-Toledo (Ohio), which serves 20 counties in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Varmus to resign from National Cancer Institute

Varmus to resign from National Cancer Institute

By Bob Herman  |  March 05, 2015

Dr. Harold Varmus is resigning from the National Cancer Institute, effective March 31, ending an almost five-year tenure as director of one of the most prominent cancer research organizations in the country.

Questions raised about pre-surgery sedative use

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 03, 2015

Receiving a sedative prior to undergoing surgery in which anesthesia is administered may not benefit a patient but instead could help lengthen recovery times, a new study found.

Guest commentary: A prescription for what's ailing ACOs

Guest commentary: A prescription for what's ailing ACOs

By Dr. Elliott Fisher, Judd Gregg and Dr. James Weinstein  |  February 27, 2015

New payment models adopted by Medicare and many health plans have clearly led to better care for patients. They also might be helping to slow the overall growth of healthcare spending. Whether these gains can be sustained, however, is far from certain. And because many providers are still sitting...

Growth in outpatient prices raises hospital CPI

By Melanie Evans  |  February 26, 2015

The Consumer Price Index for hospital services increased 0.2% last month as outpatient hospital prices edged upward, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show.

Supreme Court ruling carries implications for regulatory boards

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 25, 2015

State professional regulatory boards may seek out more state supervision or even change their membership makeup because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision Wednesday against a North Carolina dental board accused of illegally suppressing competition.

Patient advocates oppose defunding N.Y. doc profile site

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 25, 2015

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to save $1.2 million by defunding the state's website is coming under fire from a coalition of 16 patient- and consumer-advocacy groups who call the plan “a dangerous step backwards in the effort for greater transparency in...

Insurers reveal what healthcare providers are paid

Insurers reveal what healthcare providers are paid

By Melanie Evans  |  February 25, 2015

Healthcare consumers have a new tool to compare prices using data from some of the largest U.S. health insurers, but comparison shopping will remain a challenge for most.

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