The rule forces employer health plans and insurance companies to post in-network and out-of-network rates they negotiate with providers. It also requires insurers to develop online price transparency tools to give patients cost-sharing information.
Areas of Tennessee where masks aren't required in public are seeing sharper inpatient increases in recent weeks due to COVID-19, even as hospitalizations grow across the state, according to a new report.
Among clinicians, there’s a reluctance to raise the issue of cost in any way and run afoul of federal laws. Emergency rooms must at least stabilize everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, under a federal law.
Federal agencies warned that cybercriminals are unleashing a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the U.S. healthcare system designed to lock up hospital information systems, which could hurt patient care just as nationwide cases of COVID-19 are spiking.
Providers argue the Trump administration's plan to lower insulin and Epi-Pen costs for community health center patients is unnecessary and could do more harm than good. It could also be difficult to put into practice.
Physicians and researchers will work together to try to develop an artificial-intelligence algorithm capable of segmenting healthy tissue and organs from nearby tumors for patients with head and neck cancers.
The financial commitment is for a three-year pilot program that will pay doctors more for achieving certain metrics. In another pilot program, the insurer aims to increase racial and ethnic diversity among doctors.
Value-based care is widely considered the solution to rising healthcare costs—moving away from fee-for-service by aligning financial incentives to produce higher quality and better results. But important policy adjustments are necessary to finally make this transition.
"We can't ignore what is happening around us, because without action, this could look worse than anything we saw in the spring," Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said, referring to the start of the pandemic, when healthcare resources were pushed to the limit because of the overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases.
Intuitive Surgical's parent company has opened a $100 million venture-capital fund to invest in early-stage startups working on precision diagnostics, digital tools and other technologies that support minimally invasive surgical care.