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As providers and the government try to lower healthcare costs, much of the action rests on lower reimbursement. Meanwhile, patients increasingly are reaching into their own pockets to cover their healthcare costs. They want price transparency and convenient ways to pay their bills, and providers want to maintain healthy margins. Read more about how payment innovations affect the industry.

Data Points: CHIP continues to grow, in enrollment and spending

Data Points: CHIP continues to grow, in enrollment and spending

Since it was enacted in 1997, the Children's Health Insurance Program has been largely hailed as a success and enjoyed support from both sides of the political aisle. While it got caught up in partisan bickering in late 2017, CHIP was ultimately reauthorized through 2023. »

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Data Points: New year, new Congress

Data Points: New year, new Congress

Unknown is how much of an impact the wave of new members will have on legislation and oversight.

Data Points: More healthcare workers born (outside) the USA

Data Points: More healthcare workers born (outside) the USA

The healthcare sector continues to lead the way in hiring. A new study found more than 16% of healthcare professionals surveyed in 2016 were born outside the U.S.

Data Points: Drug overdoses, suicide taking more lives

Data Points: Drug overdoses, suicide taking more lives

Life expectancy stays relatively flat, but deaths from suicide and drug overdoses continue to climb.

Data Points: Operating margins holding up, even if occupancy isn't

Data Points: Operating margins holding up, even if occupancy isn't

A snapshot of the industry's financial and operational gauges from Modern Healthcare Metrics indicates that the average hospital is doing OK on some measures—operating margin for instance—and not so great on others, such as occupancy.

Data Points: Open season for direct contracting

Data Points: Open season for direct contracting

Open enrollment is coming to a close for most employer-sponsored health plans. Though the percentage is still small, more and more companies are turning to direct contracting in benefit design.

Webinar: Optimizing Operations for Success in Value-Based Care

Webinar: Optimizing Operations for Success in Value-Based Care

Healthcare is in a state of constant change. With the high rate of regulatory change, industry consolidation and new business models for care delivery, forward-thinking healthcare organizations are focused on promoting innovation across all operations. Hear from healthcare leaders about how they have embraced innovation to improve their outcomes while ensuring high quality care for their patients.

Data Points: Opioid prescription numbers are down, but still a problem

Data Points: Opioid prescription numbers are down, but still a problem

The FDA on Nov. 2 approved a new super-potent opioid tablet for use in hospitals. While prescribing numbers for opioids have been declining for the past few years, prescription use of painkillers still present a major challenge for combating the overall opioid crisis.

Data Points – ACA open enrollment: Who is buying?

Data Points – ACA open enrollment: Who is buying?

Affordable Care Act open-enrollment season is here. There's been relatively steady growth in marketplace plan purchases over the years. Will it continue?

Taking healthcare to new heights with IT leaders at the vanguard

Taking healthcare to new heights with IT leaders at the vanguard

At CHIME, we believe that sharing best practices nationally and globally across the healthcare IT industry will improve patient safety and outcomes everywhere. Most Wired will help us achieve that goal, and more.

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