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.
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.
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.
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.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has assembled a commission to survey the healthcare and hospital economics in the state, and none of the appointees are hospital executives or lawmakers.
Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine, which at one time considered merging, have signed an agreement to facilitate research and teaching collaborations.
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.
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.
The burgeoning group of official and unofficial Republican presidential contenders all agree on one thing when it comes to healthcare policy: They really, really hate Obamacare.
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.
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.
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.