FinanceFederal Fix Needed for Surprise Billing, House Panel Told
A House committee hears suggestions from policymakers and patient advocates to address surprise billing.
FinanceFurther Medicare Expansion Could Diminish Hospital Revenues, But Action Required
Potential Medicare expansion plans would drastically impact the financial standing of health systems, though some may be more pragmatic solutions...
FinanceFinancial Woes Threaten Closures for 1-in-5 Rural Hospitals
The ongoing financial crisis threatening rural hopsitals may be worsening. And stakeholders warn that it could get even worse if...
Behind the Scenes, Health Insurers Use Cash and Gifts to Sway Which Benefits Employers Choose
The insurance industry gives lucrative commissions and bonuses to independent brokers who advise employers. Critics call the payments a "classic...
FinanceTrump Agrees to Reopen Government Without Border Wall Funding
The president made an announcement from the White House Rose Garden regarding the partial government shutdown.
FinanceSecretive 'Rebate Trap' Keeps Generic Drugs For Diabetes And Other Ills Out Of Reach
Drug companies routinely make hidden pacts with middlemen that effectively block patients from getting cheaper generic medicines.
Clinical CareFinancial Penalties in Hospital Readmissions Linked to Higher Mortality
Nearly $2 billion in penalties have been imposed on hospitals since the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program began in 2012, but...
FinanceBond Raters Fret Over Possible Impact of ACA Invalidation
Analysts believe Friday's ruling declaring the ACA to be unconstitutional will get tossed out on appeal. Until then, however, the...
FinanceMedPAC Mulls Scrapping 'Incident To' Billing for NPs, PAs
The commission also discussed a new path to turn mid-level providers into full-fledged physicians.
Medicare Cuts Payments To Nursing Homes Whose Patients Keep Ending Up In Hospital
Hospitalizations of nursing home residents, while decreasing in recent years, remain a problem, with nearly 11% of patients in 2016...
StrategySales Reps May Be Wearing Out Their Welcome In The Operating Room
Critics of the practice say that device reps attend surgeries to strengthen their relationships with particular surgeons and thereby persuade...