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.
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.
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.
February 6, 2019
State lawmakers in Idaho and Utah are seeking to restrict the Medicaid expansions voters approved last November.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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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