Experts say hospitals are advertising coronavirus vaccinations primarily as public service announcements, since higher vaccination rates will reduce community spread of COVID-19 and save lives. But the secondary message to customers has the potential of burnishing hospitals' brands.
In its new venture with ValueHealth, University Hospitals will offer bundled-payment models for certain procedures at a series of new ambulatory surgery centers in Northeast Ohio that the two are developing.
Administration officials said payments could begin to go out in the coming days to eligible governments, allowing state, local, territorial and tribal officials to offset the economic damage from the pandemic.
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.
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 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.