Hospitals must shift healthcare from inside their faclity walls to their communities in order to make care safer, patient-centered, more efficient and of higher quality, according to Maureen Bisognano, president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement during yesterday's IHI conference in Orlando, Fla.
Unlike past years when physicians' concerns focused mostly on scenarios that might occur in an evolving U.S. health system, 2014 will call for doctors to address the new realities of practicing...
While large organizations, such as WESTMED Medical Group in New York have reported the most success in forming accountable care organizations, a handful of small family practices in Nebraska are confident that they won't just benefit financially from their ACOs, but will gain more satisfaction in the way they practice as well.
Although a federal judge recently barred UnitedHealthcare from dropping about 19 percent of doctors from its Medicare Advantage network in Connecticut, the country's largest insurer says it's going ahead with plans to cut down the network.
Colin Powell, former secretary of state and retired four-star Army general, called for establishing single-payer healthcare in the United States similar to systems operating elsewhere in the world, according to reports by ABC News and The Puget Sound Business Journal.
Accountable care organizations operated by Anthem Blue Cross in California already have improved medical treatments for patients in only one year of operation, the insurer said.
Conservative political arguments against healthcare reform are mounting, most recently in challenges from two U.S. Representatives: Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) called the Affordable Care Act a "war on women," and Chris Smith (R-N.J.) criticized the Obama administration for including elective abortion benefits in all but nine ACA insurance plans available to Congress and its employees.
Despite improvements with the HealthCare.gov website, about 10 percent of health insurance exchange applications have been inaccurately transmitted, according to Reuters, creating enrollment verification burdens for payers and the possibility of another wave of public complaints.
Young people may yet come forward in droves to buy coverage on the exchanges, according to The Washington Post, balancing the financial risks of covering an influx of older, sicklier Americans.
Most Americans insured through exchanges who reach out-of-pocket maximums will be underinsured, despite Affordable Care Act subsidies and lower out-of-pocket caps, according to an analysis by Avalere Health.