Telemedicine, much to the delight of some health industry observers, is a prominent part of legislation announced this week allocating $17 million to overhaul the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
About 4.6 million people in 34 states could lose their premium subsidies if an appeals court ruling in Halbig v. Burwell, which states that subsidies are illegal on federal exchanges, stands. What's more, there are roughly 9.5 million uninsured Americans who are eligible for subsidies in states with federal marketplaces, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
An audit released this week by the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system uncovered even more cases of fraud, data manipulation and staff intimidation to cover up extreme delays in care.
The drive toward accountable care that rewards doctors based on quality has the nation's small practices--and even some of the larger ones--courting hospital and health system buyers. FierceHealthcare examines the quesitons physician practices need to consider to help them decide whether joining a health system or hospital is right for them.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging Wednesday heard testimony from healthcare leaders on the effects of Medicare observation status on seniors.
I hope I'm not the only person who finds the results of a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association on patient perceptions of electronic health record users troubling.
Physician groups across the country denounced last week's court ruling upholding a Florida law that discourages doctors from asking patients about gun ownership "when doing so would be irrelevant to patients' medical care."
Standardized rules surrounding the amount of painkillers physicians may prescribe for specific surgeries and conditions is a critical factor in addressing the deadly epidemic of painkiller abuse, and a new task force in Massachusetts will work toward that change and more, the Boston Herald reported.
Congress has delved yet again into data sharing of health IT, considering a bill that would require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make recommendations regarding the structure and scope of clinical data registries.
Personal information for more than 100,000 employees of several federal agencies--including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services--was obtained illegally by an alleged British hacker, indicted late last week by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia for conspiracy, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, among a bevy of charges.