Healthcare Economics & Policy

The federal mandate that went into effect Jan. 1 requiring hospitals to post prices of their services online isn’t doing much good, according to the authors of an opinion piece published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Women physicians who work in reproductive health for women earn an average $67,000 less per year than men working in the same field. The pay gap cuts across subspecialties within it, such as reproductive endocrinology, and it holds even after adjusting for years of experience, hours worked and other variables.

Roughly 1 in 7 patients—or 14.5 percent of hospital admissions in the U.S.—experience surprise medical billing despite seeking care at an in-network facility, according to an analysis by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI).

Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) programs racked up an estimated $23.2 billion in improper payments in 2017, according to CMS data—almost $19 billion more than Medicaid FFS’ $4.3 billion and a red flag that the program’s documentation requirements might not be up to par.

Purdue Pharma agreed to a $270 million settlement March 26 to help battle Oklahoma’s opioid crisis after a slew of lawsuits threatened to edge the company into bankruptcy.

CVS Health’s merger with managed care company Aetna has resulted in lower stock shares and some financial stress, but strategies to reduce unnecessary medical expenses and capitalize on trends like cannabis legalization might ease some of that discomfort, CNBC reported March 21.

Montana offers the most favorable work environment for physicians in 2019, according to a new report from WalletHub that ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia on 18 different metrics.

The Nashville region’s largest health-tech company, Change Healthcare, filed for a $100 million IPO March 15 in preparation for going public, according to the Nashville Business Journal.

A woman who was on the hook for nearly $227,000 in medical bills after suffering a heart attack and other complications had her balance wiped out by a medical charity waiver, Kaiser Health News reported. But that didn’t save Debbie Moehnke and her husband, Larry, the stress of mounting medical bills and calls from debt collectors, and the story highlights how inconsistent billing practices could impact other patients.

Amazon is now accepting pre-tax health spending accounts in the form of health savings accounts (HSA) and flexible savings accounts (FSA), providing users with discounts for hundreds of everyday health items ranging from glucometers to fever strips.

Carestream Health’s recent decision to sell its healthcare information systems business to Royal Philips has been greeted with a mostly positive reaction from the imaging industry, according to a new market report.

CMS has updated its drug spending dashboards with data for 2017, adding information for “thousands” more drugs included in Medicare Parts B and D and Medicaid to its publicly accessible database.