Headlines Archive for April 2012
The ACA includes funds to pay special bonuses to Medicare Advantage plans offering above-average quality of care. Instead, the Obama Administration is paying the bonuses to nearly all Advantage plans, including a majority that are rated just average.
Fueled in part by fewer complications, robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) has surpassed open surgery as the predominant surgical approach to localized prostate cancer, analysis of a national database showed.
Acute care hospitals will receive a 2.3% increase in operating payment for Medicare patients if they participate in hospital inpatient quality reporting programs under the latest proposed rules from CMS.
Non-profit hospitals will struggle with higher costs if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns a key part of the healthcare reform law that requires individuals to buy insurance, Moody’s Investors Service said
According to the CDC, individuals 65 years and older typically make up nearly 25 percent of adult emergency room visits. The creation of the geriatric centered emergency department represents a shift towards catering to the health needs of the growing aging population.
An aging population and an economy that has been slow to rebound are straining the long-term finances of Social Security and Medicare. Those problems are getting new attention Monday as the trustees who oversee the massive programs release their annual financial reports.
To alleviate some of the pressure ahead of the law’s Medicaid health coverage expansion, House Democrats included in their version of the bill a provision requiring states to pay primary care physicians no less than 100 percent of Medicare payment rates.
People are more likely to manage their condition properly when they have more accessible, personal goals, like being able to do more at work or keep up with their kids, instead of focusing only on comparatively abstract targets like blood-sugar levels.
EHealth Inc. and an array of online insurance brokers are eying a possible $4 billion-a-year market, after the Obama administration’s surprise decision to let them sell government-subsidized coverage under the health overhaul.
At least 20 states, from Maine to Hawaii, have introduced bills that would limit out-of-pocket payments by consumers for expensive drugs used to treat diseases like cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and inherited disorders.
Accountable Healthcare Holdings Corp., a Boca Raton, Fla-based healthcare staffing provider, completed the acquisition of Med-Staff Oklahoma, a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based firm that focuses on travel nurse staffing.
Using the term “phenomenal” at least three times to describe the health industry’s response, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services executive on Tuesday named 27 accountable care organizations to begin the Medicare Shared Savings Program April 1
It may sound counterintuitive, but a panel of experts from the Institute of Medicine has concluded that the best way to slow the nation’s breakneck spending on medical care is to impose a tax on every health care transaction.
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) a leading global medical technology company, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its BD Biosciences – Discovery Labware unit, excluding its Advanced Bioprocessing platform, to Corning Incorporated
Genstar Capital, a middle-market private equity firm, is paying $8.00 per share in cash to buy eResearchTechnology Inc., a provider of health outcomes research services to biopharmaceutical sponsors and contract research organizations
Nine specialty groups have listed tests and treatments that are frequently overused, such as CT scans for low back pain and antibiotics for sinus attacks, as part of a project organized by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and promoted by Consumer Reports.
In a move likely to alter treatment standards in hospitals and doctors’ offices nationwide, a group of nine medical specialty boards plans to recommend on Wednesday that doctors perform 45 common tests and procedures less often
President Barack Obama, saying he’s confident the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the 2010 health- care law, said the “burden is on those who would overturn” a law that requires Americans to have insurance
More employees are being asked to roll up their sleeves for medical tests — and to exercise, participate in disease management programs and quit smoking to qualify for hundreds, even thousands of dollars’ worth of premium or deductible discounts.