Quality

After coming under fire for funding research projects with clear conflicts of interest behind those conducting them, the National Institutes of Health has revised how it will fund future studies.

The United States pays far more for prescription drugs than other countries, but health outcomes aren’t much better—and sometimes, they’re worse—according to Axios.

Physicians are feeling the burn, and electronic health records are playing a role in symptoms of burnout, according to a recent study published in JAMIA.

Just 55 percent of hospitals will earn a payment increase under the Medicare value-based purchasing program in 2019, according to CMS.

Humana and Kaiser Permanente were the two health insurance providers with the highest customer satisfaction scores, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) Financial & Insurance Report 2018.

In a study of Yelp reviews of emergency departments (EDs) and urgent care centers, more consumers rated urgent care centers higher.

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.

While it’s not necessarily the technology of electronic health records that can lead to burnout and lower job satisfaction, the approach to documentation has damaged the sense of meaningfulness in healthcare, according to Melinda Ashton, MD, who penned a perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Health insurer Aetna must pay $25.5 million to the family of a cancer patient who was denied coverage by the company for treatment.

The high cost of healthcare services and treatments have led many individuals to turn to crowdfunding sites to help pay for the cost of care. However, these fundraising campaigns are sometimes raising money for less-than-credible treatments, according to a research letter published in JAMA.

Strains of C. diff—a bacteria that can cause inflammation of the colon—can survive commercial laundry practices in hospitals, according to a recent study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

The Department of Justice indicted four men and seven companies for their roles in a $1 billion healthcare fraud scheme and announced plea deals and another charge.