November 29, 2018
HHS' Office of the Inspector General in a new report identifies "material inaccuracies" in data CMS used to calculate the Medicare Area Wage Index, which the agency uses to adjust hospitals' Medicare payments.
November 28, 2018
Amazon Web Services is selling a new language processing service designed to mine unstructured medical data from electronic health records to extract information on diagnoses, medical dosages, symptoms, and other health-related details.
CMS' proposed rule seeks to eliminate barriers that prevent Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage enrollees from accessing lower-cost drugs by giving Part D plans more flexibility to use formulary management tools, such as prior authorizations and step therapy.
November 27, 2018
Hospital closures, particularly in rural areas, have outpaced new hospitals every year since 2011, and research shows that trend can have significant health consequences on the local population.
November 26, 2018
The medical community celebrated when researchers developed a breakthrough therapy that could fully eliminate hepatitis C, but the treatment's $100,000 price tag prompted Geisinger Health Plan to craft a unique approach to reducing costs.
November 21, 2018
Walmart beginning next year will require employees who need spinal surgery to get the procedure at one of a handful of hospitals nationwide that the company has selected for offering better-quality care at lower prices.
November 16, 2018
A new analysis shows U.S. adults with employer-sponsored health plans are making fewer trips to their primary care physicians, while office visits to nurse practitioners and physician assistants have increased.
Hospitals often argue that consolidation will lower prices, but an analysis from the Nicholas C. Petris Center at the University of California-Berkeley finds that consolidation actually leads to higher prices.
November 15, 2018
Hospitals in North Carolina are pushing back against a plan to tie what the state pays for workers' health care to Medicare's reimbursement rate—a move that hospitals say could jeopardize access to care.
November 14, 2018
Many of the antibiotics people use today could become ineffective within three decades, and experts predict there will be few replacements unless major changes are made to the research and development process.
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