Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the largest public hospital in the city, sticks patients with sky-high medical bills because it does not partner with any private health insurance plans, Vox reported.
Cigna and Tenet announced “good news” on Jan. 1 after reaching an agreement on a new commercial contract. The previous contract between Cigna and Tenet was scheduled to end on New Year's Day, after both companies struggled to come to a new agreement over nearly a year of negotiations.
A new federal policy took effect on Jan. 1 that requires hospitals to post standard prices online. However, the rule, which intends to boost transparency, may be causing more confusion than clarity for patients, according to reports.
The newest bundled payment program is a money-saver for CMS and Medicare, according to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings are on par with previous studies that revealed other bundles are achieving their goals of lowering healthcare costs and improving care outcomes.
The Affordable Care Act will remain in place after a judge declared the healthcare rule was unconstitutional in late December. The judge, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor, has since stated the ACA will remain in effect while the case goes through an appeals process.
Walgreens Boots Alliance has teamed up with Verily, the life sciences unit of Google parent company Alphabet. The two companies will focus on improving outcomes for patients with chronic conditions, CNBC reported.
The shift to value-based care made significant headway in 2017, according to a new survey from the Health Care Transformation Task Force that found nearly half of their business was in value-based payment arrangements by the end of the year.