Now that Blue Shield of California has lost its tax-exempt status and owes tens of millions of dollars in state taxes annually, industry experts predict that other large nonprofit insurance companies could be scrutinized over how they serve the public.
Battle lines are being drawn between Meaningful Use Stage 3 supporters and those not so keen on some or all of the newly proposed rules.
A landmark Supreme Court ruling Tuesday made it clear that private medical providers cannot sue individual states in an attempt to raise Medicaid reimbursement rates.
The contaiminated medical devices blamed for a series of superbug outbreaks are also linked to an outbreak of a drug-resistant Escherichia coli (E. coli) strain in a Washington state hospital. These endoscopes may infect more patients if hospitals use the company's recommended cleaning procedures, according to a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.
Although physician groups criticized legislators for taking recess before voting on a proposed repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, chances are good that the Senate will follow the House's lead and approve HR 1470 within the next two weeks, Medical Economics reported.
The alignment of new payment models with existing provider compensation formulas is just one of several challenges that healthcare leaders must address to achieve meaningful payment and healthcare delivery reform, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Despite opposition from its start five years ago, some fears related to the Affordable Care Act have failed to materialize. For example, the 16.4 million Americans who gained private health insurance over the past years did not flood physician office waiting rooms nearly to the extent anticipated.
The Affordable Care Act faced hurdles and achieved milestones in its first five years. Now that its anniversary has passed, attention turns to what's in store for the future of healthcare reform.
In the wake of the White House's aggressive plan to combat antibiotic-resistant infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes to slash rates of one particularly dangerous superbug nationwide by replicating the success of a program it piloted in five Chicago hospitals, Reuters reported.
The Senate actually got something done last week. Senators voted on budget amendments to cut the employer contribution on their own health insurance and to improve health insurance price transparency.