Care Delivery

Physician burnout is a widespread problem across the healthcare industry, but nine organizations stand out in their commitment and progress to prevent and alleviate the issue, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).

Telemedicine is a growing service, but its use is still rare among physicians, according to a recent research paper published in Health Affairs.

More consumers are using telemedicine for a variety of healthcare services, but the overall use is still relatively uncommon, according to a recent study published in JAMA.

The ongoing merger between CVS Health and Aetna officially closed Nov. 28, the companies announced. The $69 billion deal brings together one of the nation’s largest health insurers and retail pharmacy chains and pharmacy benefit managers.

The current environment for clinicians is “a tough time,” according to Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, president emeritus and senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Under pressure to convert to a value-based care system with heightened regulation, clinicians can still be at the forefront of leading a radical redesign to meet the goals of the triple aim.

After a federal judge blocked Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirements from going into effect earlier this year, CMS reapproved the program on Nov. 20.

CMS will launch an AI challenge focused on improving healthcare delivery in 2019, the agency announced on Nov. 16.

The overprescription of antibiotics is a runaway problem in the healthcare industry, increasing antibiotic resistance globally.

Medicare fee-for-service improper payments dropped to their lowest level since 2010 this year, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced on Nov. 16.

Expanded benefits could include paying for housing among Medicaid beneficiaries, according to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, who spoke about the impact of social determinants of health during a speech with the Hatch Foundation for Civility and Solutions on Nov. 14.

In the shift toward value-based care, at least one health insurer is making good on its goals to convert its contracts, according to the fifth annual value-based care report by Humana.

CMS sent state Medicaid directors an email on Nov. 13 announcing new opportunities to design service delivery systems for treating mental health. The announcement eases previous prohibitions against using Medicaid funding to pay for short-term residential treatment in an institution for mental disease.