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CareFirst data hoarding widened breach's impact

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 23, 2015

The newly announced cyberattack against CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the massive earlier hacks at Premera Blue Cross and Anthem would have had a narrower impact if the health insurers hadn't retained customer data for so long, experts say.

Medicaid a lifeline for the poor and disabled

Medicaid a lifeline for the poor and disabled

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 23, 2015

Before Medicaid was established, low-income Americans had limited access to healthcare, relying heavily on charity care and public hospitals. "To be old and poor and sick was to suffer and to die prematurely,” said Trish Riley of the National Academy for State Health Policy.

Hospitals turn to friendlier tools to collect unpaid bills

Hospitals turn to friendlier tools to collect unpaid bills

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 16, 2015

As high-deductible plans proliferate and regulators step up scrutiny of hospital collection practices, some providers are investing in tools to make the process less confusing and easier to navigate and using sophisticated algorithms to predict who is most likely to pay.

As rural hospitals struggle, solutions sought to preserve healthcare access

As rural hospitals struggle, solutions sought to preserve healthcare access

By Paul Demko  |  May 16, 2015

Nationwide, 51 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and the National Rural Health Association has identified 283 more that are in danger of going under. Some facilities may shift to providing emergency and outpatient care only, and link with regional hospitals for a broader range of services.

Teladoc case could turn on high court's antitrust ruling

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 09, 2015

Telemedicine company Teladoc is suing the Texas Medical Board over a new policy that restricts virtual visits in the state. The legal battle is one of the first that could turn on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving antitrust immunity of medical boards.

Why millions buy coverage off the ACA exchanges

By Bob Herman  |  May 09, 2015

Instead of one seamless marketplace for individual health plans, the Affordable Care Act has created two different ways to buy the same kind of product. Insurance companies continue to sell millions of plans to consumers outside the exchanges.

Supreme Court decision could play into Texas telemedicine fight

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 08, 2015

Telemedicine company Teladoc's recent lawsuit against the Texas Medical Board is one of the first cases that could be affected by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling about state regulatory boards' immunity—or lack thereof—from antitrust laws.

Many five-star hospitals scored low on other measures

Many five-star hospitals scored low on other measures

By Sabriya Rice  |  May 02, 2015

A large percentage of hospitals that received Medicare's top five-star rating on patient satisfaction were penalized for excessive readmissions or fared poorly on curbing hospital-acquired conditions, a Modern Healthcare analysis shows.

Mining Twitter to predict ED visits

Mining Twitter to predict ED visits

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 02, 2015

Don't think of it as oversharing. Researchers at the University of Arizona at Tucson and Parkland Hospital in Dallas say health-related tweets qualify as epidemiological data.

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