The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held its second hearing on healthcare spending Tuesday, with lawmakers and witnesses trying to drill down on big questions that could lead to concrete health policy.
A new survey of hospital executives found inpatient utilization increased 0.7% in the second quarter of 2018, down from 1% at the same time in 2017. Patients continue to flock to cheaper outpatient settings for services.
Most health systems that responded to Modern Healthcare's Hospital Systems Survey said hiring more physicians either did not materially change their financial performance or actually improved it, a surprising finding given research that shows hospitals lose money on employed physicians.
UnitedHealth Group saw revenue climb 13.3% in the first quarter of 2018 over the prior-year period. What does Q2 have in store?
Foxconn and the newly formed Advocate Aurora Health announced a technology partnership Thursday to gather Foxconn employees' data to lower their healthcare costs and improve their health. If it works, they plan to expand the venture.
While new hospital construction has slowed, there has been a surge in the development of dialysis centers. Dialysis has become a major growth field as diabetes and other kidney diseases have exploded.
Some view third-party investment in physician practices as a vital trend that offers economies of scale that make healthcare more efficient. Others believe it fosters monopoly control while driving up prices. But nearly everyone agrees that further consolidation is coming.
It's no surprise that labor costs are top of mind for chief financial officers. But with historically low unemployment numbers, that budget line item looms even larger as organizations try to figure out new strategies to not just recruit, but, more importantly, retain workers.
The healthcare and pharmaceutical sector saw a lower high-yield default rate compared with the overall market between 2002 and 2017, and Fitch Ratings expects that low rate to continue for another year.
Insurer Oscar Health will receive $3.5 million in performance-based tax credits from Empire State Development, New York's economic development arm, if it meets its target of creating 289 jobs in five years.
While some proton therapy centers across the country have reportedly struggled to stay profitable, officials at University Hospitals in Cleveland say they've found the "sweet spot" two years after the health system opened its own $30 million center.
Modern Healthcare reporter Tara Bannow is attending the Healthcare Financial Management Association's annual conference in Las Vegas this week, an annual gathering of system financial leaders and vendors who provide products for revenue cycle management, data analytics and other services.