Hospital charges are on their way up, driving up private payments that are already significantly higher than public payments, according to a new study published in Health Affairs. However, the widening gap between private and public payments appears to be slowing down.

 

UPMC Health Plan, a health plan owned by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, has launched a new social impact initiative to address social determinants of health and reduce health inequities in underserved communities.

A whopping 80% of medical students report a low sense of personal achievement­­––an indicator of burn out––according to a new study published in The Journal of American Osteopathic Association. And smartphones could be a factor in contributing to burnout.

Hospital performance took a dive toward the end of 2019, according to the latest National Hospital Flash Report from Kaufman Hall.

Not all physician specialties are alike when it comes to salary, with some commanding significantly higher earnings. In fact, some specialties can yield double the salary of others, according to a recent MedPage salary survey.

One New York City woman received the shock of a lifetime when her surprise medical bill to treat a cold and sore throat toped $25,000.

Drug prices are on the move upward once again in 2020, according to new data from 3 Axis Advisors.

Express Scripts, a large pharmacy benefit management organization owned by Cigna, announced a three-year collaboration with Prime Therapeutics.

 

Partners Healthcare, an integrated healthcare system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, has launched a five-year, $100 million digital health initiative to provide a number of new services for patients and boost digital innovation.

Hospital-level care at home can reduce overall care costs, healthcare use and readmissions while still providing quality care and improving the patient experience, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

HHS has issued a set of two proposed rules aimed at improving the availability of organs for the 113,000 Americans on waitlists for transplants.

Louisville-based Humana, the nation’s third-largest health insurance provider, is acquiring a large privately held hospice pharmacy and benefit management providers, Enclara Healthcare.