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.
Between 2008 and 2016, NPs increased from 17.6 percent of providers in rural areas to 25.2 percent. In non-rural areas, the increase was smaller but still significant—with the share of NPs making up 23 percent of the providers in 2016, up from 15.9 percent in 2008.
Health insurance giant Anthem and nine of its state affiliates have filed a lawsuit against Sonoma West Medical Center in Sebastopol, California, alleging its toxicology program is fraudulently billing for tests other labs had been ordered to perform.
The price tag includes $292 million in cash and another $60 million in Teladoc stock. As part of the deal, Advance Medical co-founders Marc Subirats and Carlos Nueno will become executives within Teladoc and continue “to lead the Advance Medical business outside the U.S.”
Researchers, in a study published June 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine, reported women with early-stage invasive cancer could skip chemotherapy if they are at medium to low risk for recurrence—instead opting for hormone therapy after surgery.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas will hold off on implementing its controversial approach to emergency room claims for 60 days after meeting with the state’s insurance commissioner. It was originally set to take effect June 4.
Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Health System has been hailed as one of the more forward-thinking providers when it comes to adopting value-based care and population health. But a recent statement in a financial report obtained by Axios shows it’s still looking for additional revenue from the fee-for-service model.
The American Medical Association (AMA) released a report on May 31 detailing how “physician leadership” has led to progress fighting the epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction. Just two days earlier, however, a story published by the Daily Beast labeled the AMA as a main roadblock to Congress addressing the prescription of opioids.
CMS had requested comments on allowing direct provider contracting (DPC) with Medicare beneficiaries in the form of the alternative payment model. Among major healthcare groups, the response was decidedly mixed, ranging from cautious optimism to telling CMS to focus on other payment reforms.
According to the Boston Globe, plaintiff Stephen Zappala, MD, said the pressure went as far as Steward representatives calling his patients and telling them their operations had to be performed at Steward-owned facilities even if Zappala had referred them elsewhere.
After months of sitting out of the flurry of mergers and acquisitions between insurers and providers, Anthem has made its first move by announcing it will acquire Aspire, the largest non-hospice, community-based palliative care provider in the U.S.
The House approved legislation to allow terminally ill the “right to try” experimental drugs not yet approved by the FDA on a largely partisan vote, sending the bill to a supportive President Donald Trump.
Approximately 29.3 million Americans were uninsured in 2017—a slight but insignificant increase from the year before, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but the uninsured rate did rise among states which rejected the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Of the 247 emergency room (ER) physicians who responded to the ACEP poll, only 6 percent said their department is “completely” prepared for surge capacity in the wake of a disaster or mass casualty incident.
A poll conducted by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) found most medical practice professionals aren’t aware of the direct primary care (DPC) model where patients pay a flat fee in exchange for easier access to their primary care doctor.
Direct federal funding for abortions has been prohibited by Congress for decades, but conservative lawmakers have sought to deny all federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood for having any involvement in abortion services.
Vermont has become the first state to pass a law to allow prescription drugs to be imported from Canada, but the plan still has to be approved by HHS—a tall order considering HHS Secretary Alex Azar’s comments that pharmaceutical imports are a “gimmick” and may be unsafe.
Primary care physicians and non-physician practitioners have seen their compensation rise more rapidly than specialists, which the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) said is evidence of the worsening shortage of primary care doctors.
A judge in Riverside County, California, ruled the state legislature violated the law by passing the state’s aid-in-dying act during a special session limited to healthcare funding, giving the state’s attorney general five days to respond or else it would again be illegal for terminal patients to be given life-ending drugs by physicians.