Stakeholders, including representatives from the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American Hospital Association, have drafted new best practices for providers to communicate with patients who are becoming increasingly responsible for a greater proportion of their healthcare costs. >>>
Most of the proposal focuses on program integrity for state marketplaces and insurance companies offering coverage in the federally facilitated exchanges. The rule intends to safeguard federal money and consumers. >>>
Despite the concerted effort of employers, industry consultants, and fitness app makers, unhealthy employee behaviors don't seem to be changing. Workplace wellness is a hot trend, but employers are struggling to find real value. >>>
Data from the American Medical Association details the costs of medical billing complexity on patients and physicians, who are put "in the awkward situation of having to ask patients for money," says an AMA board member. >>>
Regulatory barriers that once thwarted any pressure felt by hospitals and health systems to consolidate and uncover economies of scale or scope have eased. But consolidation doesn't always come via an acquisition. >>>
Two of the pioneering forces behind accountable care organizations say the model is gaining significance as it proliferates across the country, even though there are concerns over lack of uniformity in performance measures. >>>
A Senate committee session in which expert witnesses discussed healthcare costs, hospital prices, and data transparency ended with a plea from the chair, Sen. Max Baucus, for "specific recommendations" from "anyone." >>>
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