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Hospitals saved nearly $1K per patient with joint replacement bundles

July 9, 2019


Hospitals that participated in CMS' Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model saved $997 more per care episode in their first two performance years when compared with control groups, according to a new analysis.

Pricing tools can save patients thousands of dollars. So why do so few providers use them?

July 9, 2019


While many health systems struggle to implement price transparency tools, Allina Health in Minnesota has successfully implemented a tool that gives physicians real-time information about how much patients' prescriptions will cost.

Cancer patients keep winding up in the ED. Should they have their own urgent care centers instead?

July 8, 2019


Urgent care centers specifically designed for patients with cancer might reduce patients' emergency department utilization in the first six months of diagnosis, helping them avoid the risks associated with a hospital visit and lowering the overall cost of care, according to a new study.

What New Hampshire has learned from requiring hospitals to publish their prices

July 2, 2019


President Trump last week signed a controversial executive order directing HHS to require hospitals across the country to disclose the negotiated payment rates they set with health insurers, but New Hampshire's experience with a price transparency site suggests the practice might not lead to major savings.

How this health system reduced ED visits for oncology patients—and lowered costs

July 2, 2019


Christiana Care Health System in November 2016 introduced a nurse navigator initiative for cancer patients that has helped improve clinical outcomes while reducing costs.

CMS OKs Louisiana's plan to get 'unlimited access' to hep C treatment

July 1, 2019


CMS last week signed off on Louisiana's plan to test a subscription-based payment model for hepatitis C drugs intended to increase medication access for its Medicaid and prison populations.

House Democrats outline health care funding priorities in FY 2020 spending packages

June 28, 2019


The House on Tuesday voted 227-194 to pass a "minibus" spending package that would increase funding for FDA and allocate money for the agency to establish safeguards around cannabidiol levels in food and dietary supplements.

Employer health costs are on the rise again—leading some to reimagine their approach to insurance

June 25, 2019


Employer health care costs are expected to reach a four-year high in 2020, in part due to rising prescription drug prices—and that is prompting many employers to re-think their approach to health insurance, according to a PwC Health Research Institute report released this month.

Are AMCs worth the price? 3 experts weigh in.

June 19, 2019


Despite some experts' calls to divert patients away from costly academic medical centers (AMCs), research demonstrates that AMCs might produce better patients outcomes—and might not cost as much as some policymakers fear, a trio of prominent health care experts argue.

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