The weak economy, which has reduced healthcare service utilization, is cited as the leading contributor to moderate growth in health insurance premiums by the Kaiser Family Foundation in its Employer Health Benefits Survey. >>>
Cost and reimbursement pressures, the explosion of boomers in the hospital patient mix, and the movement toward population health are spurring health systems to launch their own health insurance plans. >>>
States that have declined to set up their own health insurance exchanges will receive additional funds to help individuals work through online health plan options. >>>
California's latest round of penalties for hospital blunders that resulted in patient harm or death includes a wrong-site surgery, feeding errors, a retained surgical object, and a number of unnecessary "emergency" coronary interventions. >>>
Federal prosecutors say improper Medicare billing at six Florida hospitals operated by Shands ran from 2003 through 2008. Shands makes no admission of liability, but will pay a total of approximately $26 million plus interest. >>>
Hoarding medical imaging data is one of the most highly profitable, and strategic, tactics of hospitals competing in a fee-for-service market. It also represents a huge opportunity to reduce the high cost of healthcare as reform comes online. >>>
Only 14% of consumers surveyed understand basic insurance terms such as "copayments," and "deductibles." They will make "disastrous decisions," when health insurance exchanges come online in a few weeks, says an economist and researcher. >>>
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