Healthcare providers are expressing support for legislation overwhelmingly approved by Congress that would require hospitals to notify Medicare patients when they are under observation care in a hospital but have not been admitted. Some observers, however, say the measure doesn't address the...
More than 85 years ago, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies pioneered the idea of health insurance, and they've been at the heart of healthcare ever since.
Two senators are expected this week to offer the latest in a growing pile of bills in Congress aimed at what many see as a national mental health treatment crisis.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Praluent, the first in an experimental class of biotechnology drugs, which is shown to lower bad cholesterol more significantly than older medicines that have been prescribed for decades.
The hips and knees of the nation's seniors were an obvious target for Medicare's first mandatory test of an alternative payment model for hospitals. But joint replacement isn't the only possible target. Hospitals are now on notice that Medicare will move ahead if they don't do it on their own.
Healthcare fraud is a seemingly overwhelming problem. Large healthcare companies perpetrate systematic schemes, while corrupt practitioners and common criminals steal funds through hoaxes involving phony clinics, phantom patients and billing for services and medical equipment never provided.
Most senior citizens will fight fiercely to remain in their own homes, often well beyond their physical or even mental capacity to take care of themselves. A recent ACA-initiated demonstration program suggests there may be savings for Medicare if that's where seniors receive care.
Friday is the Republicans' self-imposed deadline to establish a fast-track budget procedure to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But the process likely will play out more as political theater than as a genuine threat to the law.
The Obama administration took two major steps last week to improve the quality of long-term care.
A Senate panel on Thursday will probe whether HealthCare.gov's glitches are fixed. Republicans are skeptical of Andy Slavitt, who was hired to fix HealthCare.gov after its disastrous launch and is now President Barack Obama's pick to run the agency responsible for it.
For the first time, the Obama administration is proposing to require hospitals to participate in a Medicare demonstration of an alternative payment model, a recognition that the voluntary approach isn't going to achieve the rapid shift it seeks away from fee-for-service.
Democratic lawmakers are questioning whether they should heed constituent concerns or remain loyal to their party as they decide the fate of the medical device tax outlined in the Affordable Care Act.