Conservative political arguments against healthcare reform are mounting, most recently in challenges from two U.S. Representatives: Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) called the Affordable Care Act a "war on women," and Chris Smith (R-N.J.) criticized the Obama administration for including elective abortion benefits in all but nine ACA insurance plans available to Congress and its employees.
Despite improvements with the HealthCare.gov website, about 10 percent of health insurance exchange applications have been inaccurately transmitted, according to Reuters, creating enrollment verification burdens for payers and the possibility of another wave of public complaints.
Young people may yet come forward in droves to buy coverage on the exchanges, according to The Washington Post, balancing the financial risks of covering an influx of older, sicklier Americans.
Most Americans insured through exchanges who reach out-of-pocket maximums will be underinsured, despite Affordable Care Act subsidies and lower out-of-pocket caps, according to an analysis by Avalere Health.
Humana recognizes paying for value is central to solving industry problems, especially in a changing healthcare environment. So Humana is moving away from being an insurer that only writes checks to a company that thinks like and works with providers, Humana Chief Medical Officer Roy A. Beveridge, M.D., told Hospital & Health Networks Daily.
Holidays are a time for family and friends to gather and enjoy each other's company while swapping presents and eating meals together. But for patients and families stuck in the hospital during the holiday season, it can be a painful and lonely experience.
The federal government could save $283 million to $560 million or more per year if Medicare had the flexibility to reimburse emergency medical services (EMS) for managing selected 911 calls other than transport to an emergency room, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.
Though urban legend stigmatized frequent emergency room patients as mentally ill substance users who drain the healthcare system of millions of dollars and contribute to overcrowding, most ER superusers actually have chronic diseases, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.
A new study in The Journal of the American Medical Association shows hospitals can significantly reduce medical errors by adopting standardized communication during patient handoffs without burdening existing workflows.
Employers have a bleak outlook about Affordable Care Act preparedness, healthcare cost containment strategies and the U.S. healthcare system's overall performance, according to a new survey from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.