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What would the Founding Fathers say about Medicaid expansion?

When the Florida Legislature voted down Medicaid expansion yet once again last week, I received a glowing announcement from the James Madison Institute, a Tallahassee-based think tank that has a lot...

Hospitals, healthcare systems inch toward value-based payments

Hospitals and healthcare systems are becoming more capable of functioning in a world of value-based payments, according to a new survey by the Healthcare Financial Management Association and Humana.

Specialty drugs drove upward surge in pharma spending last year

Pharmaceutical spending, particularly for specialty drugs, skyrocketed last year. Spending on drugs rose 13 percent in 2014 from the prior year, reaching $373.9 billion, according to a report from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

CMS to investigate Florida hospital's pediatric heart surgery deaths

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will investigate a Florida hospital where several infant heart surgery patients died in recent years,  CNN  reports

5 steps to combat health alert overload

With a combination of electronic health records, wireless connectivity, mobile devices and more, healthcare is ready for a solution to alert overload, according to Vitaly Herasevich, an associate professor of anesthesiology and medicine in the department of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic.

Shared savings: The key to patient-centered medical home success?

Patient-centered medical homes may have the most success in their mission to improve care quality and lower hospital utilization when they offer financial incentives for participants in the form of shared savings, a new study suggests.

Cultural insights improve healthcare for diverse patients

When physicians and patients have a common cultural background, patients are more likely to understand the medical information they're given and to truly engage in their care. 

At AHIP Institute, collaboration is the name of the game

Many relationships in healthcare can best be described as adversarial. Patients often distrust payers and don't understand how the healthcare system or their own provider organization works....

Long-term care hospitals time discharges to increase payments

Long-term care hospitals intentionally time patient discharges in order to maximize reimbursement from the Medicare program, according to a new study published in the journal  Health Affairs.

Pricetag for fainting at father's bedside is nearly $2,000

A hospital charged a woman who fainted at her father's bedside after he died nearly $2,000 to revive her, the  Los Angeles Times  reported.