Thousands of women have experienced problems with the Essure birth control device. They claim these side effects were not disclosed to them by the manufacturer or their doctors, and that their complaints have been dismissed for years by the device manufacturer, physicians and the federal government.
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.
A key Senate leader said his committee will push to delay implementation of the Obama administration's Stage 3 rules for meaningful use of electronic health records.
Lois Dehls Cornell, chief administrative officer and general counsel at Tufts Health Plan, has begun her term as president of the American Health Lawyers Association.
About 40 health systems have started venture funds. The lure is the potential for big payoffs and the promise of getting in on the ground floor with effective new healthcare technologies and services. But most startups fail to deliver on venture capitalists' investment.
The CMS has proposed paying healthcare providers for time spent with patients discussing end-of-life medical choices, starting Jan 1. Experts say frank conversations would cut costs and unnecessary, sometimes harmful procedures.
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) has raised concerns about the availability of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) at hospitals that serve her constituents in Washington state. Advocates say a lack of resources has made this a problem nationwide.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) has recently raised concerns about the availability of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners at hospitals that serve her constituents in Washington state. Advocates say a lack of resources has made this a problem nationwide that could jeopardize cases against perpetrators.
Free-standing emergency room operators are exploring how to win state regulatory approval to expand their facilities nationwide despite opposition from hospitals.
Ascension intends to sell two of its Pacific Northwest hospitals to for-profit Capella Healthcare.
As low state reimbursement rates drive mental health providers away from Medicaid, managed-care plans taking over some state programs are looking for creative ways to deliver a service that many see as key to holding down overall costs.
Experts who have studied human trafficking say a victim's most promising lifeline could be a healthcare provider. That's why a number of hospitals and health systems around the country have launched training programs for their staff on how to identify and treat trafficking victims.