The United States has done a great deal to try to stop the out-of-control Ebola epidemic in West Africa, but The Hill outlines additional steps the nation could take if the crisis gets worse.
Medicare's 2014 comprehensive measure of hospital readmissions show that 364 hospitals across the country, in states such as Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island have higher hospital readmission rates than the national average.
Highmark filed a lawsuit Wednesday against UPMC for allegedly overbilling the insurer by $300 million for cancer drugs. If Highmark wins, the case could be a "landmark and precedent-setting event" for insurers seeking to block providers from overcharging on procedures, medical billing expert Rebecca Reier told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The much contested St. Luke's Health System-Saltzer Medical Group acquisition--often considered to be a local matter confined to mostly rural Idaho--actually has national implications, according to amicus briefs filed by 16 state attorneys general.
Should the U.S. healthcare system go to pot in order to save money?
Healthcare s pending will likely make up 19.3 percent--nearly a fifth--of the U.S. economy by 2023, despite a temporary recent lull in steep growth, according to the latest government report. This is up from 17.2 percent in 2012.
The slowdown in health spending growth may be near its end, with an improved economy and increased coverage likely to bring faster growth, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary published in Health Affairs.
More than 750 healthcare organizations have signed up for the second round of cyberattack simulations to be carried out beginning in October by HITRUST and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Expansion to telemedicine coverage for Medicare beneficiaries recommended by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in its proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2015 generally was praised in comments recently submitted by industry stakeholders, including the American Telemedicine Association and the American Hospital Association.
American Hospital Association Executive Vice President Rick Pollack sent a letter of support for the U. S. House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health's draft legislation "Protecting the Integrity of the Medicare Act" that would combat waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare program.