Headlines Archive for January 2012
The 2010 health-care overhaul creates state-based health plans for those who have medical conditions that make them uninsurable in the private market. As of November, about 45,000 people had signed up for those plans, far fewer than the up to 400,000 that was originally projected – why?
Why haven’t hospitals made more progress on patient safety? The reasons boil down to the fact that hospitals are hierarchical organizations resistant to change, they haven’t done enough to create environments in which patient safety is a priority, and they’ve been reluctant to share patient-safety data with the public
While a Florida state House committee approved legislation that would expand the state’s requirement that certain providers post the out-of-pocket prices of common health care services, a state Senate committee shot down a similar measure
The Obama administration is finally poised to enact badly needed regulations requiring that the manufacturers of drugs, medical devices and medical supplies disclose all payments they make to doctors or teaching hospitals.
Consumer spending has surged as a proportion of the U.S. economy since the mid 1960s, and it’s not because Americans splurged on cars, clothes or vacations. Instead they were looking after their wellbeing.
President Obama has signed bills axing provisions of healthcare reform: a tax reporting requirement for small businesses, and a “glitch” that would have made middle-income people eligible for Medicaid. Republicans have also benefited from the demise of the law’s CLASS program
Wisconsin will turn down $37 million from the federal government that had been awarded to help implement health care exchanges under President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday
Big Data — the ability to collect, process and interpret massive amounts of information — is one of today’s most important technological drivers. While companies see it as a way of detecting weak market signals, one of the biggest potential areas of application for society is health care.
The next time you sign up for health insurance, the cheapest option may well be a “tiered” plan, insurance that rates doctors and hospitals based on the cost and quality of their care and then charges you based on your provider’s rating.
Fourteen have established health insurance exchange marketplaces and another five intend to do so. Then, there are the less active states: 22 states continue to study their options, while two have decided not to do anything at all.
Evidence is mounting that second opinions—particularly on radiology images and pathology slides from biopsies—can lead to significant changes in a patient’s diagnosis or in recommendations for treating a disease.
Congress and the Obama administration are betting more than $3 billion over the next decade that “comparative effectiveness” research can transform medical care by helping determine the best approach to a particular illness
To help prevent overtesting and overtreatment of older patients — or undertreatment for those who remain robust at advanced ages — medical guidelines increasingly call for doctors to consider life expectancy as a factor in their decision-making
Repealing Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician pay — a goal that always seems just out of reach — poses a dilemma for lawmakers that could make the measure even harder to pass.
WebMD Health Corp., the Internet provider of medical information, plunged the most in almost six months after saying it ended discussions on a possible sale of the company and the chief executive officer resigned
Nine states have asked the federal government for more money to make sure their new high-risk pools that provide health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions don’t run out of money before 2014