A new CMS proposal will require hospitals to post their standard prices for treatments online and aims to increase patient access to electronic health records (EHRs).
Apr 25, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
An academic and insurance executive discussed innovations to control healthcare costs in the U.S., including pricing reforms and payment modifications.
Apr 24, 2018 | Quality
The Leapfrog Group’s 2018 Hospital Safety Grades found that a handful of facilities have made major strides in reducing infection rates and deaths due to error. Of the 2,500 hospitals examined, 89 receiving an A this year had previously been rated as a D or F.
Apr 24, 2018 | Care Delivery
Last week, news broke that music superstar Prince died after taking a counterfeit Vicodin pill laced with fentanyl. Today, Minnesota Public Radio reported that attorneys from Prince’s estate have filed a wrongful death suit against an Illinois hospital and Walgreens.
Apr 24, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
In an April 23 release, CMS announce it is seeking input on an alternative payment model that would allow direct provider contracting (DPC) between payers and primary care or multi-specialty groups. CMS asked for comments to inform possible testing for such a model for Medicare Parts A and B, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid.
Apr 24, 2018 | Leadership
Ronny Jackson, MD, the White House physician who President Donald Trump nominated for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, was in line for difficult questioning at his confirmation hearing later this week. Now, the question is whether such a hearing will take place at all.
Apr 23, 2018 | Care Delivery
Six certified nursing assistants are suing a previous employer, accusing the facility of agreeing to patient requests for white-only caregivers.
Apr 23, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
President Donald Trump has postponed this week’s speech on battling rising prescription drug costs, according to the White House. No future date, time or location has been announced for the speech, previously scheduled for Thursday, April 26.
Apr 23, 2018 | Leadership
A dozen years ago, Ronny Jackson, MD, was leading a small team of physicians in Iraq, handling surgical shock trauma in the third year of the war. This week, Jackson could be a few hearings away from becoming the Secretary of Veterans Affairs—and assuming control of an organization that looks after some 3.5 million individuals.
Apr 20, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Higher deductible bronze-level plans were more popular on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges in 2018, but customers may not be aware that moving toward this coverage will leave them paying out of pocket for primary care until they hit their deductible—leading some to avoid primary care altogether due to the costs.
Apr 20, 2018 | Quality
Teaching hospitals that rack up dozens of safety violations from CMS are also the training ground for the next generation of physicians, which could increase the risk of those young doctors picking up habits that result in unsafe care or burning themselves out and leaving the profession.
Apr 20, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Some of the largest healthcare companies, including for-profit hospital chains, insurers and pharmaceuticals, will pay a combined $10 billion less in taxes for 2018 thanks to the corporate tax cuts passed by Republicans and signed into law by President Donald Trump, according to a report published by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon.
Apr 20, 2018 | Health IT
Physicians, hospitals and health systems cited a variety of reasons for looking for a new electronic health record (EHR) vendor, from seeking better functionality to meeting new regulatory requirements. The fact the change likely won’t bring a quick return on their investment, however, doesn’t seem to deter anyone looking to make a switch.
Apr 20, 2018 | Health IT
A state board in Illinois has recommended voiding a seven-year, $62 million contract for Epic to implement a new electronic health record (EHR) system at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System in Chicago, finding some merit to Cerner’s claims that there was conflict of interest with the firm hired to evaluate the bids.
Apr 20, 2018 | Quality
The latest sentinel event alert from the Joint Commission said healthcare workers and organizations need to do better on reporting—and preventing—workplace violence, including verbal abuse that physicians and nurses too often too often dismiss as “part of the job.”
Apr 19, 2018 | Policy
The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) are asking for changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), with a wide group of stakeholders wanting the quality reporting period reduced to 90 days and ACP releasing a study determining many MIPS measures aren’t valid.
Apr 19, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will review Cigna’s $67 billion proposal to acquire Express Scripts, the results of which are likely to have major ramifications on other vertical integrations being explored across healthcare.
Apr 19, 2018 | Quality
Parkland Hospital in Dallas saw its most famous patient on Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was rushed into its emergency room and pronounced dead from gunshot wounds. Now, that same hospital campus is on the market, but it can’t seem to get past development problems.
Apr 19, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Procter & Gamble has announced it will acquire the consumer health business of Germany-based Merck in a $4.2 billion deal, adding more over-the-counter medications to P&G’s existing product offerings.
Apr 19, 2018 | Policy
Millions more Americans could pick Medicare as their health insurer under a bill introduced by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, and Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, by making it a public insurance option on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges and for employers.
Apr 18, 2018 | Quality
WalletHub, a personal finance website, ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia in pediatric health. Vermont was No. 1 and Nevada was placed at the bottom in state-by-state rankings of children’s healthcare.
Apr 18, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
One of the largest health systems in Atlanta and one of Georgia’s biggest insurers have settled a months-long dispute over a new contract after Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal threatened to take executive action to push the sides to negotiate.
Apr 18, 2018 | Policy
Former Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin, MD, said he was pushed out of his position because he opposed privatizing veterans’ healthcare. The nominee to replace him, White House physician Ronny Jackson, MD, has been promising Democratic senators that he’s also against privatization of the VA.
Apr 18, 2018 | Policy
“Although medical devices provide great benefits to patients, they also present risks,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD. “And we are focusing equal attention on advancing new frameworks for identifying risks and protecting consumers.”
Apr 17, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
The wave of megamergers involving health insurers could place the greatest pressure on both not-for-profit and for-profit hospitals, according to a report from Moody’s Investors Service, if these new combinations steer patients away from hospital-owned facilities.