While the healthcare-conso lidation trend has accelerated across specialties since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, oncologists in private practice face particularly intense pressure to sell or become otherwise affiliated with hospitals, according to an art icle from the New York Times.
The Department of Veterans Affairs fired Sharon Helman, the head of the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, on Monday after an investigation confirmed a lack of oversight and other misconduct occurred under her leadership.
Meaningful cost containment within the healthcare system depends on patients carefully monitoring how much they pay for care, according to Marketwatch.
The Government Accountability Office urged the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration in a new repo rt to assess hospitals' reporting of revenue that they can receive from group purchasing organizations to ensure it does not affect Medicare payments.
The proliferation of high-deductible health plans has not only caused hardship for patients, but has added a difficult layer of administrative and financial burden for physician practices and ambulatory surgery centers, according to an arti cle from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insurers won't be able to keep excluding hospital benefits in plans sold on the health insurance exchanges if a proposal from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services becomes final, reported Kaiser Health News.
With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, there are lots of changes going on in the healthcare arena that I'm thankful for. Since this is not a perfect world, things can be better....
The Ebola outbreak in Liberia is now showing signs of slowing down, but U.S. public officials aren't necessarily breathing a sigh of relief as they now must prepare for the next health disaster, the Associated Press reports.
After years of relatively stable annual price increases, the costs of pharmaceuticals are expected to shoot up nearly 12 percent this year, Kaiser Health News has reported.
If there is any chance of containing costs in the healthcare system, patients will have to be vigorous consumers who are curious about how much they pay for their care and advocate for keeping prices in check, Marketwatch reported.