Researchers find that the cost of treating trauma patients in the western United States is 33% higher than the cost of treating similarly injured patients in the Northeast. But the reasons for the price variance are not well understood, and "spending more doesn't always mean saving more lives," says the study's leader. >>>
Prepayment reviews on types of claims associated with high rates of improper payments will begin this month in seven states known to have high populations of fraud- and error-prone providers, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. >>>
States that expand their Medicaid programs may choose to drop the expansion later, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced. But details remain unclear, says the National Association of Medicaid Directors. >>>
Interim final rules governing the use of healthcare electronic fund transfer standards and electronic remittance advice operating rules are projected to save providers billions of dollars in administrative costs over 10 years, says the Department of Health and Human Services. >>>
While executives at small companies might believe their escalating insurance costs are attributable to pre-existing conditions and bad lifestyle choices by their employees, award-winning research shows that is only part of the problem. >>>
See how top hospitals measure up across three ratings systems. We compare hospital safety scores from the Leapfrog Group and Consumer Reports alongside the overall rankings of U.S. News & World Report's 17 top-rated hospitals. >>>
While 84% of health leaders rank "patient experience" among their top three priorities, less than half of them are making patient experience-specific investments. This original research and analysis, produced with support from Medseek, offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from CaroMont Health, Gundersen Lutheran Health System, Inc., and Provena Health. >>>
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