Healthcare Economics & Policy

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.

Approximately two-thirds of U.S.-based hospitals and acute-care facility leaders believe diagnosis-related group (DRG) optimization is still a problem that needs to be solved in revenue cycle management, according to a recent survey conducted by BESLER and HIMSS Media.

Healthcare executives are bullish on the financial performance of their own organizations looking into 2019, but they are less enthusiastic about the sector as a whole, according to a recent survey from J.P. Morgan.

Families with subsidized health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may experience indirect financial benefits that go beyond health costs—to housing, according to new research published in the Journal of Public Economics. 

The growth in hospital prices is driving up healthcare costs for private insurance more than the rise in physician prices, according to a recent study in Health Affairs.

Spending growth per Medicare beneficiary has slowed considerably since 2005, and 56 percent of that decline can be linked to reduced spending on cardiovascular disease and related risk factors, researchers reported Feb. 4 in Health Affairs.

After signing a letter of intent to explore a merger in October 2018, Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann Health System have dissolved the plan.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, could lose its Medicare funding if it doesn’t shape up after a recent inspection found serious problems at the institution, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital has temporarily halted its “aggressive” billing practices after media reports brought backlash against the trauma center named after Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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.

Nashville-based HCA Healthcare completed its purchase of Mission Health for approximately $1.5 billion.

General Electric (GE) has changed its original strategy and will now aim to sell nearly half of its healthcare unit, GE Healthcare, according to GE CEO Larry Culp.