The CMS says it's well on its way to dragging hospital systems into the brave new world of risk-based contracting. The systems say, not really.
Like a number of other health insurers, Premera Blue Cross is cutting back its participation in the Obamacare exchange market. What's notable is that the insurer is partly blaming rural healthcare providers' excessive rates for its pullback. But hospital leaders are pushing back.
A federal judge has ordered Washington's Medicaid program to provide an expensive drug to all hepatitis C patients, not just the sickest ones.
Experts are still studying the issue, but hospitals say Medicare must tweak how excess readmissions are measured to make sure penalties reflect quality, not demographics.
The Food and Drug Administration has again delayed a rule requiring generic drug companies to update product labels if they receive new safety information.
Kevin Donovan was named president and CEO of Laconia, N.H.-based LRGHealthcare, effective mid-June. He takes the helm from former CEO Seth Warren, who stepped down in March.
As providers are tasked with keeping people healthy through risk-based payment contracts, they're investing in genomics and personalized medicine in order to develop new methods of targeting patients who need early intervention.
A new federal rule will encourage states to ramp up auditing of Medicaid managed-care insurers, many of which keep their medical spending hidden from public view.
Hospital operator mergers have created big—sometimes behemoth—health systems that will provide the scale necessary to achieve operating efficiencies and compete for more cost-conscious consumers. So they say. But some of the biggest mergers in recent years have so far failed to deliver.
Researchers studying the pods of killer whales that arrive each spring in Washington's Puget Sound want a new tool for their scientific arsenal: electronic health records.
A troubled Washington state psychiatric hospital will have new leadership after a man accused of torturing a woman to death escaped from the facility last week.
Providence Health & Services hospital system is hoping that the promise of personalized medicine will boost its ability to manage the health and wellness of the populations it treats.