The shift away from post-acute hospital-based procedures to ambulatory services, which lack high-cost infrastructures, is "the future of healthcare," according to one health system executive. >>>
A telemedicine service priced at only $35 a visit creates a new access point for patients and averts ED visits. >>>
As healthcare moves away from fee-for-service to reimbursement models that reward quality and value, payers and providers are entering into new contract arrangements designed to align their financial incentives. >>>
Most health insurers say they will take part in health insurance exchanges despite concerns about how the programs will function, technical barriers, and the health status of participants. Meanwhile, a federal study finds that premiums will cost less than originally expected and selection will be broad. >>>
The departing National Coordinator for Health IT reflects on the effect of the sequester, says meaningful use Stage 2 is a done deal, and lauds the free market for EHRs. >>>
Pain represents a growing patient concern and a flourishing service line for healthcare. Hospitals are creating pain management centers with a focus on chronic and acute pain, relying on interventional and multidisciplinary procedures targeting long-term pain. >>>
According to HealthLeaders' May Intelligence Report, while 84% of healthcare leaders expect their emergency department patient volume to increase within the next three years, at least six in 10 expect their ED's operating margins and reimbursement rates to decline during that period. >>>
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