The American College of Surgeons convened in Chicago last fall, and among the highlights was a spate of studies showing improved access to their service lines as the Affordable Care Act and related reforms have expanded insurance coverage.
President Obama has fended off Congressional Republicans’ latest stab at rolling back the Affordable Care Act, but this time GOP legislators says things are different: They succeeded for the first time in getting a repeal bill onto the President’s desk.
Approximately one in three working-age cancer survivors went into debt after beating the disease, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs. In addition, three percent of those individuals filed for bankruptcy as a result of their high medical bills.
Since 1980, the average hospital stay in the U.S. has decreased from 7.3 days to 4.5 days, the New York Times reports. Austin Frakt, a health economist, notes discharging patients sooner helps hospitals from a financial perspective.
Aetna has announced that it is ending its membership in America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) this year. AHIP is the health insurance industry’s largest trade group, made up of over 1,200 different companies.
The Affordable Care Act is swelling patient rolls while CMS continues slapping EMR-resistant providers with increasingly hefty financial penalties. What’s an already overburdened doctor to do?
Anticipating a plunge in the number of uninsured patients, the framers of the Affordable Care Act reduced disproportionate-share (DSH) payments to hospitals serving outsized indigent and Medicaid populations. A recent crunch of the numbers shows the cuts are placing particular pains on children’s hospitals.
Enrollment in resident and fellow programs increased by 14 percent between 2004 and 2014, according to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which released a report of biennial data on the physician workforce from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
2016 will be the year U.S. healthcare seriously reckons with consolidation, much of it brought on by Obamacare, as mergers and acquisitions continue among providers, payers and industry players—and as regulators assert their power to stem or encourage the tide.