If there were not a single additional appeal filed and no changes were made to the system, it would take 11 years to eliminate the current backlog, the chief law judge of the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals estimates.
As health care costs continue to rise, attention has turned to a tiny number of super-utilizers. A program that started in California has taken a different approach to treating these high-cost patients: Over the past two years, it has tracked them, healed them and saved...
MemorialCare Health System said Chicago-based Boeing selected it from a group of bidders for the five-year contract in Southern California, where the company has roughly 37,000 employees and dependents. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones urged federal officials to block the merger of health insurance giants Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., declaring the $54-billion deal anti-competitive and harmful to consumers.
The NOTICE Act requires that starting Aug. 6, Medicare patients receive a form written in “plain language” after 24 hours of observation care but no later than 36 hours. Medicare is soliciting feedback on the draft notice through Friday.
As health care consolidation accelerates nationwide, a new study shows that hospital prices in two of California’s largest health systems were 25 percent higher than at other hospitals around the state.