Since 2001, nearly 320,000 American soldiers, sailors, airmen and women, Marines and Coast Guard personnel have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury. But if all works out, by the end of 2016 four new military sites will be providing cutting-edge care for TBI.
Hartford HealthCare CEO Elliot Joseph says the term "discharge" means many things as a noun and verb—none of them pleasant. It is also all too accurate when referring to the release of patients back into the disjointed U.S. healthcare system.
Nurse practitioners are assuming a more prominent role in primary care. Maryland is the latest state to allow this group to practice independently, and the Veterans Health Administration may soon follow suit.
A system designed for transactions between businesses and third-party payers can't become retail-oriented overnight. But somehow, it doesn't rise to the top of the priority list, and providers are losing the trust of their customers, writes HFMA CEO Joseph Fifer.
The Affordable Care Act is accomplishing its goal of extending affordable healthcare coverage to the uninsured as well as making coverage more secure for those who have insurance. This country cannot afford to go backward now.
The aging of America will impose new demands on almost every aspect of public policy. Is our retirement system prepared? And how will federal healthcare programs be affected as well as the overall health of the population? Two former lawmakers see a critical nexus between housing and healthcare.
As a proud resident of Louisiana, I liken the variety of employees found in a medical practice to gumbo. A medical practice workforce can contain “a little bit of everything.” With hourly employees, specially trained technical and clinical staff, nonphysician providers, physicians and...
How would the performance of hospitals, physicians and health systems compare if, hypothetically, they all had the same mix of patients?
Recovery auditors have returned an estimated $5.4 billion to the Medicare trust funds, yet providers have argued that the contingency-fee-based RAC program is fraught with inaccurate auditing and myriad inefficiencies. Such opposing views reflect a major issue plaguing the program: lack of...
Most non-elderly Americans—about 156 million of us—get health insurance through our jobs, or that of a spouse or parent. But job-based insurance is a two-sided coin: It represents both a major benefit for American workers and a major expense for their employers.
Running a health insurance exchange, it turns out, is harder than anyone expected, writes Mike Adelberg, a former CMS official. A flexible national platform that provides some customization for states, and allows the feds to collect a fee from states, may be the right way forward.
Kay Redfield Jamison, a psychologist who often writes about her own struggles with bipolar disorder, once wrote in a New York Times op-ed that when she is asked about the most important factor in treating bipolar disorder, her answer is competence.