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Medical scribes could cut costs by up to $31.15 per hour, according to a first-of-its-kind study

February 8, 2019


A large, randomized study of Australian emergency departments suggests medical scribes could help physicians see more patients and save hospitals up to $31.15 per scribed hour—with no significant risk to patient safety.

As the US uninsured rate declined, more adults became underinsured, survey finds

February 7, 2019


The U.S. uninsured rate has declined since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2010, but the percentage of underinsured U.S. adults has grown, according to a survey brief from the Commonwealth Fund released Thursday. See the trends, charted.

How Kaiser saved $8.6M with its 'Amazon Prime' for medical equipment

February 7, 2019


Health care facilities that need costly medical equipment often have the option either to buy the equipment outright or rent it, but Kaiser Permanente came up with an alternative solution that eventually led to an Amazon Prime-like ordering service that saved the health system $8.6 million in two years.

Voters in Idaho and Utah approved big Medicaid expansions, but lawmakers have other ideas

February 6, 2019


State lawmakers in Idaho and Utah are seeking to restrict the Medicaid expansions voters approved last November.

HHS just released its long-anticipated proposed rule on PBM rebates. Here's what's inside.

February 1, 2019


HHS on Thursday released a proposed rule aimed at lowering prescription drug prices by revising federal protections that currently allow drug manufacturers to pay rebates to Medicare Part D plans, Medicaid managed care plans, and pharmacy benefit managers.

Hospital-acquired condition rates are falling, AHRQ finds

February 1, 2019


The rate of hospital-acquired conditions fell by 13% from 2014 to 2017, saving billions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives, according to a report released Tuesday by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

New VA proposal could triple the number of veterans eligible for private-sector care

January 31, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) on Wednesday proposed new access to care standards that would give veterans greater access to VA-funded care at private health care providers.

Congress kicks off hearings on Rx drug prices, other health issues

January 30, 2019


Committees in the Senate and House on Tuesday began a series of hearings focused on health care issues, including prescription drug prices, protections for U.S. residents with pre-existing medical conditions, and health insurance options.

US performs far more CT and MRI scans than other countries. There's 'virtually no evidence' that's helpful, researchers say.

January 29, 2019


Researchers from Stanford University and Mayo Clinic in a JAMA opinion piece raise alarms about the prevalence of "unnecessary diagnostic imaging" in the United States, writing that there is "virtually no evidence" that more MRIs and CT scans "improve... overall population health."

How Saint Francis built a 'hospital within a hospital' for joint replacements (and cut readmissions below the national average)

January 28, 2019


To prepare for a projected rise in hip and knee replacements, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in 2007 launched its own bundled-payment program and soon after saw readmission rates and lengths of stay for the procedures fall below the national average.

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