A growing number of health systems, accountable care organizations and medical home-style practices are deploying care coordinators—which some call navigators. That is changing how patients get care and it's changing the jobs of doctors, nurses and other front-line providers.
Narrow-network health plans have grown in popularity, particularly on the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges, because their cheaper premiums appeal to price-sensitive consumers, but there is significant consumer and provider dissatisfaction with how many of these plans are organized.
Despite ample research showing the benefits of using mechanical patient-handling equipment such as overhead lifts, workers at many hospitals and nursing homes still are hoisting and moving patients the old-fashioned way. But that isn't true at the VA Loma Linda (Calif.) Healthcare System.
It's unclear whether the Obama administration will renew Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment programs in several states, in part because evidence is mixed on whether the programs have truly improved care for large numbers of Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured patients.
Cigna Corp. and SCAN Health Plan agreed to an alliance Tuesday in which both health insurers will provide retiree Medicare Advantage benefits to California employers.
Construction and design firms' focus on innovation and outpatient facilities suggests they are adjusting to a broader transformation in the healthcare industry.
Project leaders in charge of building UCSF Medical Center's $1.5 billion, 289-bed Mission Bay complex in San Francisco say the collaborative integrated-project-delivery approach reduced the total cost by $200 million.
Hospital food isn't what most people associate with haute cuisine, but one chef in North Carolina is trying to change that—and he won a grand prize competing against restaurant chefs as proof.
The belated disclosure that not-for-profit insurer Blue Shield of California lost its tax exemption last summer raises questions of whether other not-for-profit insurers and hospitals may face similar scrutiny of their finances and community-benefit record.
The cyberattack against Premera Blue Cross disclosed last week affects significantly fewer people than the Anthem hack revealed last month. But the hacked Premera data could have greater value and cause more damage to customers.
Michael Mandl, a longtime Emory University executive, has been named president and CEO of Emory Healthcare, the school's health system.
A California-based orthopedic surgery registry posted new data this week that takes a different approach to showing how well patients fared within one year of undergoing common, often expensive, musculoskeletal procedures.