Amid constant market consolidation, evolving technology and clinical innovations, and changing reimbursement strategies, health organizations must create solutions to succeed in a less predictable environment, rethinking their services, care models and real...
Most hospitals know that the selection of products they buy can have a tremendous impact on their sustainability performance. Creating a more sustainable hospital starts in large part with changing the products and supplies that come through the front door and leave as waste through the back door.
The devastation of Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago presented New Orleans with the opportunity to re-imagine our healthcare system and determine how we could better provide care to residents.
In a healthcare environment increasingly characterized by consolidation, the FTC's recent move toward large disgorgement penalties potentially creates new risks for consolidated entities, according to two attorneys at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.
Agencies such as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health are funding a growing number of projects designed to more rapidly improve health services, patient outcomes and consumer experiences.
Healthcare is an economic paradox. On one hand, it's our nation's fastest-growing employer, projected to add 15.6 million jobs by 2022. On the other, high costs coupled with an aging population are breaking budgets.
Along with the nation's remarkable growth in electronic health records come extraordinary opportunities to analyze "big data” and improve healthcare and lives. Those opportunities have spawned a wide range of analytical tools—each with its own potential for improving care.
More than 85 years ago, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies pioneered the idea of health insurance, and they've been at the heart of healthcare ever since.
Large employers can provide ideas for sustainable and impactful Medicare reform, based on their successes innovating and improving the way health benefits are designed, delivered and paid for, says William Kramer of the Pacific Business Group on Health.
Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Social Security Act of 1965 establishing the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Much has been written about the future of Medicare; but Medicaid, now our largest public insurance program, has become a lightning rod for debate.
Healthcare fraud is a seemingly overwhelming problem. Large healthcare companies perpetrate systematic schemes, while corrupt practitioners and common criminals steal funds through hoaxes involving phony clinics, phantom patients and billing for services and medical equipment never provided.
Most industry leaders believe that, in the near future, fee-for-service payment will be replaced by “population-based payment.” However laudable the goal, the expected shift to population-based payment is unlikely to materialize.