Adam Myers, MD, MHCM, FACHE, has joined the Cleveland Clinic as the director of community care and the chief of population health. He will lead Cleveland Clinic's new approach to managing care that will “proactively address the health needs of populations.”
Diabetes advocates and legislators on both sides of the aisle are calling for more transparency and government oversight in the insulin market because of skyrocketing costs.
Jun 22, 2018 | Policy
CMS is requesting input in hopes of “reducing the regulatory burdens” of the Stark Law, which prohibits physicians from referring Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries to entities from which the physician or an immediate family member would financially benefit.
Jun 21, 2018 | Leadership
Wisconsin-based Gundersen Health System announced Fran Perez-Guerra, MD, a veteran of the institution, as chief executive officer of the Gundersen Moundview Hospital and Clinics.
Jun 21, 2018 | Leadership
The Trump administration plan includes moving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from the Department of Agriculture to HHS, which would be rebranded as the Department of Health and Public Welfare.
Jun 21, 2018 | Policy
New York and Massachusetts will sue the Trump administration following the announced expansion of association health plans, arguing the move will invite “fraud, mismanagement and deception.”
New data from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)’s DataDive Management and Staff Compensation highlights a 19 percent increase in total compensation for nursing staff between 2015 and 2017.
Jun 21, 2018 | Policy
A bill advancing through the California legislature seeks to remove soda, juice and chocolate milk as default options for kids’ meals and prevent them from being advertised alongside food marketed toward children.
Jun 21, 2018 | Policy
On Tuesday, June 19, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its final regulation to expand use of association health plans, allowing small business and individuals to join together to purchase coverage. In reaction, 26 patients and consumer groups—headlined by the American Heart Association, American Lung Association and American Cancer Society—issued a joint statement attacking the final rule.
Jun 20, 2018 | Leadership
Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, as the new CEO for its partnership on U.S. employee healthcare. A surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and professor at Harvard Medical School, he will begin his new role July 9.
For the first time in 110 years, General Electric won’t be a part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, after S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the corporate giant will be delisted when the stock market opens June 26.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic will enter into a five-year agreement that will keep all state-wide Mayo Clinic locations within network through 2023.
Jun 19, 2018 | Policy
The Trump administration appears close to announcing a new health insurance option for small businesses and self-employed individuals that would offer fewer benefits and cost less.
Jun 19, 2018 | Policy
In a June 18 release, HHS announced a ruling against the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston requiring $4.3 million in civil penalties due to three data breaches from 2012 and 2013.
A majority of millennials—individuals between 18 and 34 years old—are willing to let health insurance companies access their social media, provided their premiums could be lowered, according to a survey from MuleSoft Inc.
PricewaterhouseCoopers released its report on medical cost trends, which estimates numbers for 2019. The good news? Cost increases have leveled off—rising 6 percent in 2019. But for employers, these increasing expenditures do not lead to improved productivity. Medical costs continue to jump, while growth in labor productivity should remain near 1.1 percent for 2019—below the average annual increase of 2.3 percent in recent decades.
After months of statements, speculation, trade talks, tweets and threats, the U.S. government has officially put tariffs in place on $50 billion worth of products imported from China, including medical imaging equipment. X-ray, CT and MRI equipment are all on the list of products included in this announcement.
In a Thursday, June 14, ruling, a federal appellate court denied claims from health insurers who claimed they were owed billions of dollars from an Affordable Care Act (ACA) program. The court ruled 2-1 against two insurers who wanted the federal government to repay them for covering sicker, more expensive patients than initially expected.
Jun 15, 2018 | Health IT
It’s long past asking “if” artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies will revolutionize healthcare. According to a recent survey, 80 percent of executives expect AI will be integrated into the patient experience within two years. At the same time, 81 percent of respondents agree their organizations are not ready for the societal and liability issues that will result from this change.
Medical device company Stryker filed a claim with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday saying it is not in discussions with Boston Scientific on a potential takeover.
Jun 14, 2018 | Policy
A federal court hearing has been scheduled regarding the Trump administration’s decision to give states the power to enforce work requirements on Medicaid enrollees.
CMS recently announced Medicare’s hospital insurance (HI) fund will be depleted by 2026—three years earlier than previously projected. A new report from the American Academy of Actuaries examined the numbers—finding eliminating the HI deficit would require an immediate 28 percent increase in standard payroll taxes.
Jun 13, 2018 | Care Delivery
Emergency departments, particularly in rural areas, are strained by shortages of physicians and other providers, including nonemergency doctors and advanced practice providers, according to a new study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Jun 13, 2018 | Leadership
Barbara L. McAneny, MD, wasted no time in discussing critical healthcare issues once she was sworn in as American Medical Association president on June 12 at the AMA’s annual meeting in Chicago.
Jun 12, 2018 | Policy
Despite claims otherwise from President Donald Trump, the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land—though federal actions have increased instability in the ACA’s marketplaces. Following last year’s repeal of the individual mandate, insurers are now offering short-term, non-ACA-compliant policies, which could leave a sicker, older population shopping on ACA marketplaces.