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How sharing ministries steer members away from actual health insurance

"I hope they don't take anything away from us." Those were the words of a Baptist minister from Georgia named Daniel, uttered in my living room about five years ago as the Affordable...

ACA hasn't boosted number of new patients at doctor offices

Even though the number of sign-ups during the open enrollment for healthcare exchanges increased throughout the first half of 2014, the number of patients going into doctors' offices hasn't, according to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and athenahealth. 

PwC: Hospital deals down, value up in first quarter

Hospital mergers and acquisitions during the first quarter of 2014 were substantially lower than they were during the first quarter of 2013, but deal value increased, according to a new report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

RACs, politics, hospital survival dominate AHA annual membership meeting

The challenges that hospital leaders face were never more apparent this week than during conversations and sessions at the American Hospital Association's annual membership meeting. Healthcare...

ACA likely to lead to more healthcare spending

Although healthcare reform is designed to remove waste from the healthcare system, experts say it will lead to more spending now that millions of people are newly insured.

Sebelius decided to leave post after 2012 election

Departing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged Sunday in a televised interview that the timeline for rolling out HealthCare.gov was wrong and the technical glitches that plagued the website were the lowest point of her five-year tenure.

President Obama nominates Sylvia Mathews Burwell as new HHS secretary

President Barack Obama this morning nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Increased coverage didn't reduce MA readmissions

Providing health insurance to the uninsured does not reduce 30-day readmission rates, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.

ED use up since MA instituted healthcare reform

Since Massachusetts implemented statewide healthcare reform in 2006, emergency department use has increased slightly but consistently, according to a new study published in the Annals of Emergency Use.

Physicians in Congress can shape healthcare policy

As healthcare becomes even more important in American politics, the number of doctors in Congress is on the rise, which could play a huge role in shaping the country's healthcare future, according to a  Health Affairs  blog post.