Bigger hospitals drive cost increases
A study in the May edition of Health Affairs finds that hospitals' power to win steep payment increases—and insurers' relative inability to resist—varies quite a bit from one market to another and from one kind of hospital or hospital network to another. Reputation, location and the type of medical services provided play a role. The trend began well before the health law was passed. And the article doesn't attempt to resolve the dispute in health policy circles over whether new models in the health law, like accountable care organizations, will pave the way for high quality and efficiency or lead to new hospital-dominated monopolies.
- Antibiotic Overuse a 'Huge Threat' to Patient Safety, Says CDC
- CFO Exchange: Smartphones Poised to Disrupt Healthcare, Says Topol
- Consumerism Drives Healthcare Branding, Rebranding Efforts
- 3 Traits Personality Assessments Can't Reveal
- PA Ranks See 'Phenomenal Growth,' Lack of Diversity
- CHS Hacked, 4.5M Patient Records Compromised
- CFO Exchange: Healthcare Leaders Share 5 Innovative Ideas
- Business Roundup: M&A Activity Down Slightly in First Half of 2014
- CNO on Hospital Redesign: 'You Can't Over-Communicate'
- Large Employers Trimming Healthcare Spending