Consolidation—the acquisition of one competing business entity by another—is an ongoing issue in the health insurance and hospital markets. After consolidation, it's common that fewer choices and provider networks are available.
Physicians told lawmakers Tuesday they're eager to adopt value-based payment models under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act but also warned the transition will be difficult and disruptive to patients.
It's been nearly three years since former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin stepped away from the public eye as the nation's top doctor. As the driving force behind the creation of the White House's National Prevention Strategy, she worked to reduce preventable illness as a means of...
The Supreme Court this week will hear arguments in a case that will affect the number of fraud cases against providers. The case, Universal Health Services v. United States ex. rel. Escobar, focuses on the validity of a legal theory now used to bring many False Claims Act cases against providers...
The number of healthcare systems setting up venture capital arms has exploded as they seek commercial success and technologies to help solve their business problems.
Eric Evans has been named president of hospital operations at Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. He takes over for Britt Reynolds, who took a job outside the organization.
Texas' legislative effort to restrict abortion providers, to be reviewed this week by the U.S. Supreme Court in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, has troubling economic implications for healthcare providers that go well beyond abortion. It's worth reviewing some of the issues raised by the case.
A growing number of states are giving advanced practice nurses more leeway to practice primary care. Still, state and national medical societies continue to oppose nurse practitioners gaining broader practice authority.
Though the nation still faces a shortage of primary-care physicians, regulatory and payment roadblocks to delivering that basic service in less expensive ways are finally starting to come down.
Medicaid, the nation's largest payer for behavioral health, is on the cusp of allowing stand-alone psychiatric hospitals into its provider networks for the first time. The change, expected to be finalized in April, should introduce new capacity and competition in the acute-care psychiatric market.
The opioid abuse epidemic has become a major issue on the campaign trail because the number of people who die each year from opioid overdoses is approaching 30,000. But it's important to note that nearly two-thirds of those deaths are due to overdoses of prescription opioids, not heroin.
The American Medical Association launched a company Monday in San Francisco that aims to develop new products and tools to improve healthcare. Chicago-based AMA, which has about 235,000 members nationwide, has invested $15 million in the for-profit project called Health2047.