Care Delivery

Healthcare spending per person rose to an all-time high in 2017 for those covered by employer-sponsored insurance, according to the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). Average healthcare spending per individual rose 4.2 percent to $5,641, including medical and pharmacy claims.

Veterans are waiting a long time to receive care when they arrive at the emergency room of a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital, according to a recent analysis from USA Today. 

Walmart is allowing its employees to see a provider for only $4 but the visitation has to be through telemedicine, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Prior authorization that requires physicians to get approval from health insurers for certain drugs, tests and treatments isn’t good for patients, according to a survey of 1,000 practicing physicians from the American Medical Association (AMA).

Telemedicine rates rose when temperatures plummeted during the polar vortex in late January, according to a report by WOOD-TV, local NBC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The nation’s third-largest nonprofit health system, Providence St. Joseph Health, has created a for-profit population health management company called Ayin Health Solutions.

Some obesity-related cancers—including colorectal, gallbladder, kidney and pancreatic cancer—are on the rise among adults aged 25 to 49, compared to older generations, according to new research published in The Lancet: Public Health on World Cancer Day.

Treatment at minority-serving hospitals (MSHs) is associated with significantly lower odds of receiving palliative care, compared with treatment at a non-minority-serving hospital, according to new research published in JAMA Network Open.

The opioid overdose epidemic, which resulted in 48,000 deaths in 2017, isn't getting better anytime soon, according to recent research published in JAMA.

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health have completed their merger, launching a new nonprofit Catholic health system, CommonSpirit Health. The deal brings together two of the nation’s largest Catholic healthcare systems.

New details emerged about the healthcare venture between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase during a court battle with UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest healthcare insurer, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Apple is in talks with at least three Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to bring its watch technology to at-risk seniors, according to a report from CNBC.