As providers around the country brace for the Oct. 1 conversion to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedural codes, the CMS is reporting positive results from the final round of end-to-end testing of the Medicare claims processing system.
Just how much success have hospitals had in their efforts to prevent patients from returning soon after leaving? Perhaps not as much as reported, two physicians argue at the blog for health policy journal Health Affairs.
Famous people don't often get involved with Medicare payment policy, but a Boston Marathon bombing survivor and a former U.S. senator who lost a leg in wartime service have joined an industry campaign to block new requirements for artificial legs and feet.
Three out of four Medicare accountable care organizations did not slow health spending enough to earn bonuses last year, a continuation of mixed results for an initiative that federal officials have targeted for rapid expansion.
Competition among Medicare Advantage plans more closely resembles local oligopolies instead of a buzzing market overflowing with options for seniors, a new study from the Commonwealth Fund shows.
The latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll showed most Americans are more concerned about the rising price of drugs than repeal of the Affordable Care Act. But drug prices are not the only cost issue on peoples' minds.
Billions of dollars flowing from settlements in mass tort litigation have recently spurred a new twist on a familiar business—medical lending.
Healthcare providers have gotten some balance sheet relief, thanks to a greater number of paying patients over the past couple of years. But bankruptcy filings suggest the industry has recovered more slowly than the improving economy would indicate.
Cleveland Clinic spinoff Explorys collects and organizes data from hundreds of sources and gives providers and researchers tools and applications that allow them to comb through the data to identify patient risk factors, track outcomes and evaluate treatment success.
Data Points for the week of Aug. 24, 2015, covered the following topics: Insulin drug Humulin, physicians accepting Medicaid patients, Medicare patient expenditures, postponing care because of the cost and babies born through reproductive technology
Iasis Healthcare is the latest hospital chain to announce plans to settle with the federal government as part of a years-long, nationwide investigation into the suspected overuse of implantable defibrillators.
As Medicare prepares to require hundreds of hospitals to take bundled payments for some orthopedic surgeries, about two-thirds of the hospitals, medical groups and other providers mulling whether to join the Obama administration's voluntary bundled-payment program said, “No thanks.”