A group of Florida physicians opts to skip the golf course and instead, climbs an 11,000-foot mountain range to get away from healthcare. In the process, the doctors learn to work together and hone their leadership skills "under a carpet of stars." >>>
It's not clear whether hospitals can legally advance patients premium money for coverage obtained from health insurance exchange markets. But the potential for conflict is apparent. >>>
The controversial two-midnight rule goes into effect tomorrow, creating new economic challenges for hospitals and health systems. Reimbursements will drop for the same level of care, say healthcare leaders, who will be forced to choose between doing what's right and gaining revenue. >>>
More stringent privacy regulations now in effect mean hospitals and medical practices can expect random audits, higher fines, and a surge in formal complaints from patients who ask for, but do not receive their medical records in a timely fashion. >>>
High traffic volume contributed to consumer complaints about problems with the federal health insurance exchange and several states operating their own marketplaces reported similar problems on launch day. >>>
Since Medicare released pricing data on hospital charges months ago, the pressure has been on hospitals to be more transparent. A challenge from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has brought forth interactive tools that should help providers and consumers. >>>
A small Illinois hospital comes up with a remarkably simple, inexpensive, and effective strategy to guard against falls and wins an award in the process. >>>
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