How 5 payers are changing the insurance landscape

Like much of the healthcare market, health insurance is going through a period of rapid, unpredictable, change, and employers that want to thrive and compete must keep pace with these changes, FierceHealthPayer reports.

Executive physicals: CEO illness buster and lucrative business line

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon's recent throat cancer diagnosis shines a light on a perk offered to many top executives and available via some of the nation's leading hospitals: the executive physical.

Mixed reactions to CMS 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the 2015 calendar year late Thursday afternoon, which didn't include changes to the sustainable growth rate formula, but revises the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

AHA exec: Hospitals must reduce non-beneficial care

Healthcare systems and hospitals can give better care and reduce costs by reducing non-beneficial care, according to John R. Combes, M.D., in an article published in Hospitals & Health Networks.

Former surgeon general: Don't eliminate position, take politics out

A former surgeon general has proposed an alternative to a recent call to eliminate the position, MedPageToday reports.

VA wait times triple initial estimates

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) urges further information in the wake of new findings that indicate Veterans Affairs hospital wait times nationwide are triple the initial estimate.

CMS releases 2015 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued its 2015 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule late Wednesday. The rule is set to be published in the Federal Register on July 11.

Independence Day holiday

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VA's chief medical inspector resigns after independent report

John R. Pierce, M.D., the Department of Veterans Affairs' chief medical inspector, retired this week in the wake of a report that found his office did not properly respond to whistleblower complaints about problems at VA facilities, according to the Associated Press.

Capitalism will disrupt healthcare complacency, drive innovation

Creative thinking and financial competition can help drive innovative change in the U.S. healthcare system, James Hamlin wrote in a piece in The Atlantic.

Healthcare consolidation on the rise

Consolidation among hospitals and health IT companies will grow this year in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new survey report by Bass, Berry & Sims, published in association with Mergermarket.

Docs respond to soaring CEO pay

Healthcare CEO pay is skyrocketing, with the pay of the top 500 American executives tripling since the early 1990s. But how do doctors feel about these numbers, which vastly outweigh their own compensation? Medscape Multispeciality finds out.

HHS awards $840M to boost emergency preparedness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $840 million to state and local healthcare systems to  improve emergency preparedness.

3 top healthcare issues as explained by your favorite TV characters

By Zack Budryk We watch our favorite shows for a variety of reasons, but often to get away from it all for an hour in the evening. Unfortunately, for healthcare leaders, major issues in the industry...

Best practices to reduce costly readmissions

Reducing preventable readmissions is one of the most important aspects of cutting healthcare costs, according to an American Society for Quality survey of health quality improvement experts. Here are four ways the Gallup Business Journal says hospitals can help reduce readmissions.

VA officials, Democrats work to offset scandal damage

As Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals work toward solutions to delayed care, vulnerable Democrats want to mitigate damage from the revelations surrounding the scandal.

Urgent care clinics use fast-food industry tactics to deliver affordable, efficient healthcare

Urgent care clinic owners glean business lessons from McDonalds to help deliver accessible and efficient healthcare, according to an article in Forbes.

Empowering patients against unnecessary care, medical errors proves difficult

Patients have a difficult time overruling their doctors when they believe a procedure is unnecessary or potentially harmful, according to Politico.

Stressed-out nurses complain of long hours, lack of respect

A survey from the Vickie Milazzo Institute in Houston finds many nurses feel stressed out, unsupported by management and overburdened at work.

The 10 top-grossing nonprofit hospitals

UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh leads the list of the top-grossing nonprofit hospitals in the United States in 2014 based on gross revenue, according to a Becker's Hospital Review.