Headlines Archive for November 2011
Managed-care company UnitedHealth Group Inc. is targeting long-term earnings growth in a double-digit range, backed by high single-digit sales growth, as it aims to expand its Optum health-care-services business.
In the Annals of Emergency Medicine, several emergency physicians warn of the challenges of incorporating what ER docs do into new models that move away from the current fee-for-service payment to an episode-of-care approach
Under the negotiations that created the supercommittee, its failure to reach an agreement means automatic budget cuts worth $1.2 trillion, including a 2% reduction every year from 2013 to 2021 in the payments received by health-care providers for treating Medicare beneficiaries.
The Department of Health and Human Services has denied Indiana’s and Louisiana’s requests for temporary relief from health reform’s medical loss ratio requirements, making them the third and fourth states to have their applications rejected outright
Uninsured patients spend less time in the hospital than insured patients, according to a study that suggests that ability to pay plays a greater role than medical need when determining length of stay.
In-store medical clinics like those at Walmart – whose clinics treat healthy patients looking for convenient, low-cost care for simple problems – are eyeing a bigger prize, the millions of Americans with costly illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
When it comes to addressing health care, the debate in the U.S. is just a drop in the global bucket. The developing world is facing a host of health-care challenges—whose economic effects reach all the way to America’s shores.
While there was no surprise over the Supreme Court’s decision Monday to review the 2010 health-care act’s insurance mandate, supporters of the law are reeling over the justices’ announcement that they will also consider a long-shot challenge to what many consider an even more central provision of the statute.
The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance grew by 8.03% over the 12 months ending in September, while costs for Medicare healthcare services grew by only 1.97% for the same period, Standard & Poor’s Healthcare Economic Indices show.
Hospitals that use a computerized medical-information tool to help doctors make decisions at the point of care have better patient outcomes than those who don’t, according to a new study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
Founded in 2011, PHG will serve as the platform upon which CEO Rob Radics and his experienced management team will build a home health and hospice company that will provide patients throughout the Southeast with best-in-class care.
As Barack Obama battled Hillary Rodham Clinton over health care during the Democratic presidential primaries of 2008, he was adamant about one thing: Americans, he insisted, should not be required to buy health insurance.
ObamaCare authorizes premium assistance in state-run exchanges but not federal ones. In other words, states that refuse to create an exchange can block much of ObamaCare’s spending and practically force Congress to reopen the law for revisions.
The latest figures from the National Venture Capital Association indicate that Silicon Valley venture capitalists are migrating out of healthcare and medical IT investments to focus on Internet-related deals
Aetna Inc. will cut some co-payments on drugs aimed at preventing heart attacks after a study showed patients took their medicines and were healthier when there were no out-of- pocket costs for their treatments
In the scramble to come up with a deficit-reduction deal by Thanksgiving, members of Capitol Hill’s supercommittee appear to have one group squarely in their crosshairs: high-income Medicare beneficiaries.
Millennium HealthCare Inc. completed its acquisition of Premier Technology Resources, a company specializing in medical billing, collection and software consulting and implementation services to the healthcare community.
Walmart — the nation’s largest retailer and biggest private employer – now wants to dominate a growing part of the health care market, offering a range of medical services from basic prevention to management of chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease
Starting next fall, the federal Medicare program will withhold 1% of a vital payment—as part of a program to improve the quality of care. Hospitals can earn additional payments by performing well on two measures: quality standards for medical care, and patient-satisfaction surveys.
There’s a lot of concern today that paying fees to medical providers for each service may lead to unnecessary care. But there’s no easy way to replace the massively complicated fee-for-service system.
It wasn’t until informatics pros and clinicians figured out how to calculate and graphically present a spectrum of clinical status measures for immediate action that quality measures became worthwhile and patient-care results dramatically improved
The nation’s unemployment rate may fall faster in the future than many economists assume for one simple reason: The rapid aging of the American work force is helping reduce the share of the population hunting for jobs.
A group of Medicare patients sued the Obama administration, saying they were deprived of coverage by the government health plan because of a policy that allows hospitals to avoid admitting elderly people with chronic ailments as inpatients.
Medicare payments for outpatient services will rise 1.9 percent to $41 billion and dialysis clinics, cancer centers and ambulatory surgery facilities also are scheduled to receive modest fee increases
Though hospitals are eligible for billions of dollars in federal stimulus money to bring their facilities into the digital age to save money and improve the quality of health care, just one in 10 is ready to meet government standards
CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest network of behavioral health and addiction treatment services, today announced the successful acquisition of North Carolina’s Mountain Health Solutions outpatient treatment centers