Care Delivery

While 2014 offered up a number of successes in terms of healthcare reform, major medical advances and new innovations, they could prove costly in 2015, according to Forbes. 

The good old days of "doctor knows best" are as good as gone, according to Eric Topol, renowned cardiologist at Scripps Translational Science Institute, in his new book, "The Patient Will See You Now."

A consumer group is filing a lawsuit alleging that Aetna discriminates against patients with H.I.V. when it requires these patients to obtain medications exclusively throughout its own mail-order pharmacy, reports The New York Times. 

Eighty-nine accountable care organizations will join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Medicare Shared Savings Program starting in 2015, reports Modern Healthcare. 

Many healthcare partnerships and mergers announced in 2014 will soon take shape in the New Year, reports Albany Business Review.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is moving to expand Medicaid in the state, reports NPR.  

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and UnitedHealthcare have announced a pilot to study a new cancer care payment model, according to MarketWatch.

Although the U.S. provides free and universal healthcare for patients over 65, it still lags significantly behind other industrialized countries in its delivery of care for this age segment, reports The New York Times.

A phone call with a pharmacist before a physician visit can significantly improve quality of care, according to research published in Medscape. 

 Gourmet food, posh pillows, lobby waterfalls, original art and valet parking are among the amenities that hospitals are offering patients to lure them away from competitors, according to an article in The Dallas Morning News.  

What do healthcare and global warming have in common? More than you’d think, according to an editorial in Forbes.

Undocumented immigrants won’t get Affordable Care Act coverage under President Obama’s executive order, but it will pave the way for many more Latinos getting health insurance, reports Politico.