Two long-standing approaches to keeping healthcare costs down are on a “collision course” that could leave them both ineffective, according to a recent opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine. Do we have time to course correct or are we left to simply buckle our seatbelts and brace for impact?  

The American Medical Association (AMA) has joined forces with the Florida Medical Association and Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, and written a letter to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, calling on her to reject the proposed merger of Aetna and Humana.  

An analysis from Harvard’s department of healthcare policy shows such wide variation in baseline spending levels from one ACO to the next that any future benchmarking efforts, including those performed within single given regions, must roll out parity measures only gradually—or pay the price in the form of participation falloffs.  

A new analysis from the ACAView project, the joint effort between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and athenahealth to track the impact of the Affordable Care Act, has found a big bounce in primary-care visits in states that expanded Medicaid.

A recent story in the Wall Street Journal examined this trend, providing numerous examples of patients saving more than $500 on procedures by simply paying in cash up front instead of going through insurance. 

Americans who watch at least a few hours of TV each week are used to getting urged to ask their doctors about all sorts of medications that, chances are, they really don’t need.  

A recent question-and-answer article prepared by the Associated Press and published by the Chicago Tribune (and others) examined the impact Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death  could have on existing cases in 2016. 

CMS has published a final rule that requires healthcare providers and suppliers receiving funds from Medicare Part A and Part B to report and return overpayments within 60 days of first identifying them. 

Surgical residents who are allowed to work longer hours than currently allowed so that they can stay with or stabilize patients do not show any signs of putting their patients at risk, according to a recent study published by the New England Journal of Medicine. 

The California Department of Public Health fined the Community Regional Medical Center $86,625 after a hospital employee left a towel inside a patient following abdominal surgery, the Fresno Bee reports. This is the hospital’s fourth penalty since 2007.

A recent report examining employer-sponsored private insurance claims data found that basing healthcare decisions on Medicare data might not be the best practice. The researchers found that the correlation between total spending per Medicare beneficiary and total spending per privately insured beneficiary was 0.14 in 2011, while the correlation for inpatient spending was 0.267.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is proposing changes in the benchmarks it uses to evaluate ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.