Security concerns too often are playing second fiddle to maintaining network operations in the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a report from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce that recommends agency chief information security officers not report to the chief information officer.
St. Luke's Health System jealously kept its patients within its hospitals in Idaho, the Idaho Statesman has reported, a business model that ultimately played into the unraveling of its acquisition of Idaho's largest medical group.
The American Hospital Association has raised concerns about the effects of pending mergers between Anthem and Cigna, as well as another pending deal involving Humana and Aetna.
Having already spoken out against the proposed mergers in the health insurance industry, the American Hospital Association has now ratcheted up its scrutiny of one specific mega-deal in a letter to the Department of Justice.
As healthcare spending appears poised to rise in the coming years, a new study suggests that the recent upward bumps may be due to millions of more Americans gaining coverage as opposed to other market trends.
As financial hardships continue for hospitals in states that didn't expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the role of community health centers is evolving to fill the gap.
Aetna's decision to merge with Humana is not only driven by the smaller company's dominance in Medicare Advantage (MA) business, but also its strong understanding of the consumer-driven trend that has come to dominate the health insurance industry, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini tells Bloomberg.
The health insurance premiums for 2016 will differ from 2015 rates due to a number of reasons, but it's largely because insurers had limited information regarding the risk profile of the market as a whole at the time rates were filed. Another factor affecting 2016 premiums, according to an issue brief from the American Academy of Actuaries, includes the reduction of reinsurance program funds.
Tax filing issues may jeapordize subsidized health insurance coverage for 1.8 million Americans, reports the Associated Press.
It's significant that the cyberattack Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) suffered in May appears to be worse than originally thought. But what is also significant is that it's the Indiana Attorney General's office, not the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, that's investigating the breach.