Quality

Two major healthcare insurers, Aetna and Humana, are set to dole out hundreds of thousands of dollars to settle separate disputes over health information disclosures and inadequate network coverage.

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate contracts between hospital systems and health insurers following a report from The Wall Street Journal that these secret contracts prevent savings by limiting competition and even increasing costs to consumers.

The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) has successfully slashed readmissions for heart failure, acute MI (AMI) and pneumonia without causing mortality increases, according to an analysis of Medicare data published in JAMA Network Open.

Almost half of emergency physicians report having been physically assaulted while at work, according to a new poll.

Appeals for payment denials were overturned 75 percent of the time by Medicare Advantage Organizations from 2014 to 2016, according to HHS Office of Inspector General.

A new estimate from the CDC puts the number of Americans who died of flu and complications at 80,000, the Associated Press reported. The figure was the highest death toll in at least 40 years.

Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital have settled with HHS for compromising patient privacy by allowing crews to film an ABC television network documentary series without receiving authorization from patients.

The New England Journal of Medicine continues to refuse to retract an article after its lead author was accused of plagiarism and resigned amid an internal investigation, according to STAT. On Sept. 13, H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH, stepped down as a professor with the Dartmouth Institute in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after the university found he plagiarized two colleagues in a paper published in NEJM in 2016.

In 2018, cancer deaths will rise to 9.6 million worldwide, according to new data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Two new studies underscore that Medicare’s bundled payment for care improvement (BPCI) programs are helping provide better quality care to patients.

Texas Children’s Hospital has fired a nurse after she posted information about a child testing positive for measles to Facebook. The woman commented about the child’s symptoms in a group dedicated to so-called “anti-vaxxers,” who question the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations.

Hospital prices remain somewhat obscure—and they vary widely for the same procedures, according to an analysis by Axios.