Where healthcare challenges find solutions
As providers and the government try to lower healthcare costs, much of the action rests on lower reimbursement. Meanwhile, patients increasingly are reaching into their own pockets to cover their healthcare costs. They want price transparency and convenient ways to pay their bills, and providers want to maintain healthy margins. Read more about how payment innovations affect the industry.
The 115th Congress on the State of Healthcare, a collection of commentaries from members of Congress, is intentionally timed close to the midterm elections this year. In just over a month, voters will take to the polls to decide whether the Senate and House will remain controlled by Republicans.
In 2017, the CMS' quality improvement organizations reported progress on a number of fronts in improving care for Medicare beneficiaries.
The all-important 2018 midterm elections are less than two months away. As special elections and primaries this summer have proven, healthcare continues to be a hot-button issue.
In today's rapidly evolving healthcare environment, running a successful acute rehab program is more challenging than ever. At the same time, as providers shift to value-based care, post-acute treatment is playing an increasingly important role in ensuring positive outcomes.
Surprise billing continues to be one of the most vexing problems facing the industry. Patients often don't know that the anesthesiologist or another provider are out-of-network when they go in for care. Then the surprise—usually shock—when the bill arrives.
Successful care delivery is about delivering efficient and effective care. Many health systems address these goals separately- teams that work on efficiency and other teams that work on clinical effectiveness. In reality, careful attention to clinical standards in care delivery is one of the most powerful levers to drive efficiency.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma last week said that her agency is working closely with states, the Government Accountability Office and HHS' Office of Inspector General to root out fraud in Medicaid.
More hospitals are looking at the role of social determinants of health as a way to improve patients' overall well-being. But there's little evidence of the returns hospitals get from their investments.
Healthcare sharing ministries are exactly what they sound like—plans that gather the resources of a group of people with common religious beliefs. And they've been growing at a rapid pace.
The past decade has seen a proliferation in the number of stand-alone emergency departments. But in some markets, the saturation is too much to handle.
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