After the birth of his son Samuel, Ryan Grassley was surprised by one charge on his hospital bill: $39.35 for “skin-to-skin contact” when his wife held their newborn after a C-section.

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) which have contracts with commercial payors beat Medicare and Medicaid-only ACOs on several measures of performance in a study published in the October issue of Health Affairs.

The majority of physicians feel they have no time to see additional patients and aren’t feeling positive about the state of their profession, according to a survey conducted by the Physicians Foundation.

A new report from Pricewaterhousecooper’s Health Research Institute (HRI) tries to identify “a vision for US New Health Economy” over the next decade, breaking down shifts in healthcare to five separate areas driving “seismic change.”

A modest rise in premiums, a big increase in deductibles and a move away from paid provider organization (PPO) plans are among the notable results in the annual survey on employer-sponsored health benefits from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET).

The last few years have not been kind to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with stories about scheduling delays, long wait times and lack of patient access. As a way to deal with such issues, VA medical centers are implementing lean processes. A new study published by JAMA Surgery evaluated just how efficient these lean processes are, and if the VA is up to the challenge of caring for a growing number of veterans.

Between 2012 and 2015, the number of physician practices owned by hospitals or health systems rose by 86 percent, resulting in a quarter of all medical practices being hospital-owned.

As telemdicine continues to grow, physicians and patients alike are realizing how easy, convenient and affordable it is, while also coming to terms with its limitations. 

Two state-specific studies of emergency departments said the Affordable Care Act didn’t decrease patient volume and may have made on-call specialists less available.

Fujifilm’s ties to healthcare date all the way back to 1936, when it released its very first x-ray film. Today, Fujifilm is a large global company—it reported revenues of more than $22 billion in the last year—and its healthcare business alone was responsible for approximately $3.8 billion in revenue.

The Commonwealth Fund has released two new issue briefs on high-need patients, aiming to better understand the characteristics of these patients instead focusing on costs alone.

The Mayo Clinic tops the 2016-17 U.S. News and World Report best hospitals list, which has been expanded to include 20 facilities on its “honor roll” based on 25 different specialties, procedures and conditions.