Physicians generated $2.3 trillion in economic activity and nearly 12.6 million jobs in 2015, according to an American Medical Association report. The group's president says the report is designed to push back against states that are creating difficult practice environments.
Researchers say making changes to Medicaid would take a heavy financial toll on hospitals in many underserved areas.
A Modern Healthcare review of the 20 largest health systems shows charity care spending made up 1.4% of their collective revenue in 2016, a number that's relatively unchanged from 2015.
Hospital executives can push the limits in reporting the size of charity care provided.
Profits at the more than 4,800 U.S. community hospitals continued their steady rise last year, hitting $76.1 billion, a 43% increase since 2011.
The healthcare industry added roughly 31,000 jobs in December, slightly above the 30,000 added in November, with sectors such as hospitals and physicians' office seeing significant fluctuations at the end of 2017.
As flu cases rise across the U.S., hospitals brace for higher costs and a hit to their bottom lines even as many see a bump in patient volume.
Healthcare organizations should consider seeking greater cross-sector collaboration, new strategic investments and creative efficiencies to build resilience as they brace for more change next year, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report.
Growth in ambulatory services including physicians' offices and outpatient clinics accounted for most of the seasonally adjusted nearly 30,000 jobs added to the healthcare sector in November.
Reimbursement rate increases below inflation coupled with the continued swelling of staffing and tech expenses will put a damper on not-for-profit and public healthcare next year, Moody's Investors Service said. It downgraded its outlook on the sector to negative for 2018.
Hospitals and health systems are looking to offset the continued widening gap between the cost of care and Medicare reimbursement, as well as other rising costs.
Chains like CityMD are taking space vacated by struggling shopping brands in New York City.