Patients avoiding elective surgeries and other procedures because of skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs were cited by hospital chains as a primary cause of softening hospital volumes in the second quarter.
Although 72% of Americans in a poll said price shopping for healthcare is important, only 13% had inquired about their expected spending before receiving care and just 3% had compared costs across providers before receiving care.
The July healthcare hiring surge marks the second consecutive month that job gains in the sector have surpassed last year's hot average of 32,000. The need for hospital and other medical workers is overriding ACA repeal worries.
LifePoint posted a second-quarter earnings gain but has come face-to-face with a deteriorating admissions trend.
During the first year of EHR installations, the median decline in operating cash flow for hospital systems is 10%, with a 6% falloff in days cash on hand, Moody's said in a new report.
Investors will be watching beginning this week to see if hospitals maintained admission and outpatient volumes during the second quarter.
Hospital cost-cutting and competition have caused healthcare prices to slip to their lowest rate of growth in a year, according to a new report from the Altarum Institute.
Hospitals are taking advantage of favorable borrowing rates to raise money in the bond markets for acquisitions and debt refinancing. But will they lament the binge?
Making actual generic drug acquisition costs available to third-party payers would empower health plans to negotiate lower rates and essentially level the playing field in a pharmaceutical supply chain that's shrouded in secrecy, according to a new paper.
Walnut Hill Medical Center's sudden closure exemplifies the ongoing challenges independent hospitals face as healthcare shifts to value-based payment models.
UCHealth is building five community hospitals as part of its major expansion plan in response to rapid population growth in Colorado.
Hospitals getting to long-overdue tower replacement projects and other capital needs are finding attractive interest rates on borrowings in the bond markets. Even systems with dinged finances or poor patient mixes are completing $1 billion bond offerings.