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Defensive medicine accounts for one-third of health costs, hospital execs say

Hospital administrators estimate that one-third of healthcare costs are the result of tests and treatments that aren't medically necessary and ordered defensively to prevent lawsuits, according to a new survey by Atlanta-based Jackson Healthcare.

Self-insurance popularity sends full-risk enrollment falling

As the self-insurance market continues to rise, commercial full-risk insurance declines. Commercial full-risk enrollment fell from 80.5 million in 2011 to 78.5 million in 2012--a 2.5 percent drop, according to findings from Citi Research.

Amyloid PET scans 'latest campaign for overdiagnosis'

In a commentary published online in  JAMA Internal Medicine, Susan Molchan, M.D., a private practice psychiatrist from Bethesda, Md., suggested the push to get amyloid PET scans covered by Medicare is part of the "the latest campaign for overdiagnosis."

5 ways the ACA may affect malpractice risk

As the Affordable Care Act shifts the dynamic of how physicians provide care to a higher volume of patients, experts predict implications on the medical malpractice climate as well. A recent round table discussion at the Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference suggested five changes healthcare professionals can expect.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to resign

Kathleen Sebelius is expected to announce that she is stepping down from her post as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on Friday, according to multiple news outlets.

Kathleen Sebelius to step down as HHS Secretary

Kathleen Sebelius is expected to announce that she is stepping down from her post as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on Friday, according to multiple news outlets.

Kathleen Sebelius to resign as HHS Secretary

Kathleen Sebelius is expected to announce today that she is stepping down from her post as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, according to multiple news outlets.

Are hospitals fudging charity care numbers?

Many hospitals may not need the fiscal benefits of providing and reporting charity care, according to  100Reporters.

DeSalvo unveils plan to transition ONC to 'less siloed' workgroups

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo believes it's time to shake things up a little at ONC. At the April 8 meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee, DeSalvo talked about ONC's priorities moving beyond Meaningful Use; in particular, she laid out plans for transitioning the agency's current workgroups into newer, "less siloed" workgroups.

CA hospitals overbilled Medicare by $367M

California's hospitals received overpayments from the Medicare program that totaled nearly $367 million in 2012, primarily for inpatient services, the San Francisco Business Times reported.