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.
Deaths, whether inevitable or caused by preventable medical errors, happen daily at most hospitals. But few have adopted best practices for handling complaints or even questions from family members and caregivers, whose first and understandable reaction often starts with the word “why.”
Cook County (Ill.) Jail is trying to shed its reputation as the “nation's largest mental health institution,” and it is leading a nationwide movement with jailhouse and community treatment strategies to keep inmates with mental illness from returning.
Two senators are expected this week to offer the latest in a growing pile of bills in Congress aimed at what many see as a national mental health treatment crisis.
Anthem's announced $54.2 billion takeover of Cigna Corp. last week is the latest and largest sign of health insurers' lust for scale. But at the heart of the merger momentum is their desire to expand their government business, particularly in the lucrative Medicare Advantage market.
Lured by the potential for big paydays, nearly 30 states have passed or expanded their own false claims laws to pursue questionable Medicaid billings by drugmakers, healthcare providers and suppliers.
The hips and knees of the nation's seniors were an obvious target for Medicare's first mandatory test of an alternative payment model for hospitals. But joint replacement isn't the only possible target. Hospitals are now on notice that Medicare will move ahead if they don't do it on their own.
Patients seeking long-term treatment at Philadelphia's multitude of renowned specialty care centers might find no room at the inns this September, when a visit by Pope Francis during the World Meeting of Families is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to the region.
Dr. Gidi Stein was greatly dismayed when he heard about a malpractice case involving the death of a pediatric patient that was the result of a medication error. So in 2012, Stein co-founded a company that offers a big-data software platform to detect prescription errors before they happen.
An insurer's transformation: Humana's evolution into Medicare powerhouse offers strong lure to Aetna
An acquisition by Aetna would bring an end to the half-century of radical company makeovers by Humana and create an insurance giant in the fast-growing market for government-subsidized health plans.
Stephen Zieniewicz has been named president and CEO of St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., part of West Orange, N.J.-based Barnabas Health.
Many not-for-profit hospitals across the country could lose their tax exemption if the same analysis of for-profit activities is applied to them as a New Jersey Tax Court judge recently used in revoking a Morristown hospital's property-tax exemption, experts say.