Care Delivery

New research published in JAMA suggests primary care follow-up within seven days of a hospitalization is associated with fewer Medicaid readmissions.

A seemingly harmless disease could actually be a cause of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study reported by BBC News.

Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurer, is planning to push up the launch date of its new pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) business, the company announced during its end-of-year earnings report.

Planned hip and knee replacements are on the rise in the U.S., including among younger Americans, according to an analysis from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, a New Hampshire-based health system that serves 1.9 million people across New England, and GraniteOne Health, a network of New Hampshire hospitals, have signed a letter of intent to merge.

A Seattle-based startup, 98point6, is looking to become the Amazon of primary care, according to a profile by CNBC.

Media spotlighting of extraordinarily high hospital bills can pay off for patients on the hook for thousands of dollars after a hospital visit. Such is the case for one San Francisco resident who was stuck with a bill for more than $20,000—after her insurance paid its part—following a bicycle accident.

A new not-for-profit startup aimed at producing generic drugs will introduce 20 products in 2019, Reuters reported. The supplier, Civica Rx, initially expected to offer just 14 drugs in 2019, but will now likely exceed that after working with companies to produce additional medicines, company officials told Reuters.

Access to care at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has improved since 2014, compared to the stagnant wait times in the private sector, according to new research published in JAMA Network Open.

Rural hospitals in the United States have been closing at a rapid clip over the last several years––nearly 100 since 2010, according to one estimate. Another 600-plus rural hospitals are at risk of closing, with many clustered in the 14 remaining states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to the Pew Institute.

The U.S. government shutdown, which is now the longest-running in history, could potentially harm consumers and undermine the stability of the Affordable Care Act healthcare insurance market, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The average annual cost of managing type 1 diabetes has skyrocketed, with the rising cost of insulin being a main contributor, according to a new issue brief from the Health Care Cost Institute.