Walmart took another step into the telehealth sector with its plans to acquire MeMD, a mental and medical health services provider. Retail-based clinics are becoming an increasingly popular way to deliver care.
The average workers' compensation payment for similar knee and shoulder surgeries performed in 2019 at hospital-owned outpatient departments in the highest-cost state, Alabama, was more than seven times the level paid in Nevada.
Strong performance in Cigna Corp.'s Evernorth health services division, investment portfolio and low member medical costs at the end of last year increased the company's revenue 6.5% year-over-year during the first quarter of 2021.
While activists and humanitarian groups have cheered the Biden administration's decision and urged others to follow suit, European Union leaders have taken the U.S. to task for not sharing more vaccines with the rest of the world.
A public option with lower premiums than commercial plans that saves consumers money would have to cut costs somewhere. Healthcare providers would most likely bear the financial hit, according to analyses.
The request for more federal scrutiny comes after the Justice Department requested more materials related to the deal and the American Hospital Association asked the feds to investigate the acquisition.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has dropped a rule that limited the amount of revenue its 35 member plans could generate from non-Blues-related businesses. Experts question if the change will promote competition across the brand.
Hospitals and other healthcare organizations say they have robust workplace safety programs in place to protect employees. But unions and those advocating for worker safety say the industry needs to do more.