A new survey of hospital executives found inpatient utilization increased 0.7% in the second quarter of 2018, down from 1% at the same time in 2017. Patients continue to flock to cheaper outpatient settings for services.
As the number of ambulatory surgery centers continues to grow around the nation, HHS wants to create a new patient safety database to track quality of care at the facilities.
Emergency department spending per member nearly doubled from 2009 to 2016 as the severity of ED visits and the prices associated with those visits increased, new data from the Health Care Cost Institute shows.
Healthcare continues to be a job generator, adding a net total of 24,000 positions in April alone. But the news isn't all rosy. Major shortages are expected in some critical areas over the next decade, including a potential gap of 121,000 physicians by 2030.
Ambulance companies are worried that some dialysis patients they transport regularly may lose access to care because of a looming 13% cut to their Medicare rates that kicks in Oct. 1.
An influential advisory panel plans to ask Congress to cut payments to some stand-alone emergency departments. The proposal could save Medicare up to $250 million annually if enacted into law.
UnitedHealth and physician staffing firm Envision Healthcare are locked in a dispute over ER payment issues. UnitedHealth recently launched a website about Envision's "outrageous billing practices" in response to Envision's lawsuit against the insurer.
Efforts to reduce hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries have sparked a steady decline in admissions over the past several years and have also hit the bottom lines of many skilled-nursing facilities.
Wall Street analysts speaking at a panel discussion in Nashville Thursday said the future looks bright—and lucrative—for payers and medical-device makers, but not necessarily hospitals.
The healthcare industry added roughly 31,000 jobs in December, slightly above the 30,000 added in November, with sectors such as hospitals and physicians' office seeing significant fluctuations at the end of 2017.
OSF Medical Group has adopted a new model in which a team of clinicians divvies up duties to see more patients and improve care.
The CMS will continue its multi-state initiative to reduce ambulance use in the Medicare program after seeing claims drop. Transport providers have praised the effort even though it could hit their bottom lines.