Someday in the not-too-distant future, cancer patients could see smaller, less toxic and more effective chemotherapy dosages thanks to a compound found in extra virgin olive oil and researchers at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
While physicians and facilities have long had to keep up with different negotiated contract rates among payers, the reimbursement landscape has become much more varied over the last few years as a push toward payment innovation has ushered in a host of reimbursement options ranging from shared savings programs to bundled payments to carrot-and-stick compensation as applied to quality and efficiency metrics.
Low-dose CT screenings for lung cancer are either "something [lifesaving] that possibly changes the field," as one MD says, or are "incredibly flawed," as a CMS official puts it. But starting Jan 1, screenings must be covered by private insurance plans.
Raising fresh questions about healthcare consolidation, a new study shows hospital ownership of physician groups in California led to 10% to 20% higher costs overall. The UC Berkeley research, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., illustrates the financial risks for employers, consumers and taxpayers as hospital systems nationwide acquire more physician practices. "I think this consolidation wave is virtually unstoppable," said James Robinson, the study's lead author and a UC Berkeley professor of health economics. "Left to itself, it will increase the cost of healthcare." Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:39 am CDT
Five Ways to Control Technology Vendor Demos
Tech demos often focus on standard features that don't tell the whole story. Take control by providing vendors with a list of the problems you want to solve. Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:00 pm CDT
CDC shifts into overdrive on Ebola
Health officials at the center of nation’s Ebola crisis are moving into overdrive to tame widespread public fears about the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced three new protocols in the three days as it... Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:20 pm CDT
Christie on Ebola: 'You're not going to get it'
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Wednesday poked fun at the "hysteria" surrounding press coverage of Ebola in the U.S. and shared his personal experience calming familial fears over the deadly disease. Discussing his New Jersey's Ebola... Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 5:39 pm CDT
Dallas nurse cleared of Ebola
The second Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola appears to have beaten the virus while receiving care at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The nurse, Amber Vinson, is "regaining strength" and health officials are "no longer able to detect virus in... Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 5:14 pm CDT