Care Delivery

Physicians are feeling stressed out, with 44 percent reporting they feel burned out and 15 percent reporting they are depressed, according to a recent report from Medscape.

Rising drug prices have caught the attention of the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Reform, which announced it will open a “sweeping” drug price investigation.

Americans are concerned about higher drug costs impacting their wallets, but hospitals and health systems have also been feeling the pinch, according to a recent study from hospital groups including the American Hospital Association.

Healthcare plans and providers are increasingly addressing social determinants of health that can impact patient outcomes and overall costs. Now, California-based Kaiser Permanente is looking at tackling housing insecurity with a $100 million loan fund for affordable housing.

Walmart and CVS Health will no longer be in the same network for filling prescription drugs after the two companies couldn’t come to a drug pricing agreement, CVS announced.

The Trump administration is preparing to allow states to remodel their Medicaid programs with block grant proposals, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

A former federal prosecutor has been appointed to lead an investigation into the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital heart surgery unit, The Tampa Bay Times reported. The hospital, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, has been the focus of a scandal after a recent Tampa Bay Times investigation revealed the unit’s mortality rate had tripled in just a few years.

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.

Johns Hopkins doctors invented a checklist that has saved thousands of lives, but they sometimes fail to follow the principles themselves, according to an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times.