In 2012, roughly 12% of the food that the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics prepared went into the garbage. Faced with that sobering statistic—and a scathing article in a local newspaper about food waste at the hospital—the health system's leaders decided to make serious changes.
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.
The U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 decision upholding premium subsidies for Americans in all states doesn't necessarily drive a stake through the heart of all anti-Obamacare litigation, but legal experts agreed it does send a discouraging message to the law's legal foes.
The titans of the health insurance industry are locked in a dance of buying and selling. Hospitals, physicians, employers and consumers could experience financial repercussions if any big deals are concluded.
Healthcare confronts climate change: Schools, providers focus on health effects to dampen political opposition
A number of medical, nursing and public health schools around the country are launching programs to train students about the effects of climate change on health and how to reduce its impact.
Dr. David Shulkin, the Obama administration's nominee for Veterans Affairs undersecretary for health, was approved last week by a voice vote of the Senate Veterans Affairs' Committee. His nomination now goes before the full Senate for a confirmation vote.
In a contentious House hearing, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said President Barack Obama will not consider any GOP proposal to kill the Affordable Care Act's insurance mandates. But she said the administration may rely on Congress for a fix if it loses King v. Burwell.
Don't count on many states to quickly establish their own insurance exchanges to keep their residents covered if the U.S. Supreme Court this month strikes down premium subsidies in states using the federal exchange.
Median total pay for healthcare association chief executives earning $1 million or more increased 8.5% from 2012 to 2013, while total pay for all healthcare association CEOs jumped 18.9%, according to Modern Healthcare's analysis of the latest association tax reports.
Health systems long have studied demographic and marketing data from such sources as the U.S. Census Bureau, health-planning agencies and hospital associations, in deciding where to locate new facilities. Increasingly, they are using new sources of information such as EHRs, insurers' billing...
It's not yet clear whether a sweeping proposed rule governing Medicaid managed care will resolve coverage and access problems for the growing number of low-income adults and children in private Medicaid plans. But it's likely that there will be political jockeying over many of its provisions.
Regarding the recent article “Healthcare spending rises 5.5% while rest of economy sputters”, I wonder if the rise in hospital costs could be related to the rapid growth of high-deductible health plans.