The per capita surgery rate in the United States is some 50 percent higher than in the European Union countries, and that higher demand is apparently driving up prices dramatically, NBC News reported.
Texas hospitals are already under financial pressure due to the Lone Star State's steadfast refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, and now they face yet another pressure point: urgent care centers.
The Great Recession may be over and the Affordable Care Act may be delivering millions of more patients, but hospitals are apparently still waiting for those bits of good fortune to make a difference to their bottom lines.
Florida's biggest safety-net hospital puts low-income patients through a bureaucratic ringer in order for them to apply and obtain charity care, Kaiser Health News and the Miami Herald reported.
Highmark Inc. has been taking some heat lately over its pricing in West Virginia, where it has no competitors in the HealthCare.gov marketplace.
Although hospitals have long used therapy dogs to help patients, the animals can also help relieve the stress of emergency room doctors and nurses who must handle life-and-death situations every day.
Urgent care centers are drawing patients away from hospitals In Texas, where patients are increasingly opting for the centers for alergy treatments, stitches or x-rays of broken bones as a cheaper, speedier alternative to emergency departments.
There are certain factors at play in the health insurance market that indicate rates not only won't decrease, they will continue to rise, according to Forbes.
As insurers move forward with bundled payment initiatives, they would benefit from learning from the experiences of programs that haven't succeeded, say two policy analyists in new Health Affairs blog.
As hospitals around the country try to resolve healthcar e disparities, especially among minority populations, Massachusetts General Hospital implemented a series of initiatives to educate providers and staff about communicating with and caring for diverse patient populations, according to an art icle in Hospitals & Health Networks.