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Healthcare News

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:59:00 -0500

Organization culture and strategies might be considered "soft" elements of leadership, but they are vital nonetheless. Four healthcare leaders recently joined with HealthLeaders Media to discuss this topic.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:55:00 -0500

This HealthLeaders Media research report shows that for some health systems, hospitals, and physician groups, the ambitious journey to improving the health of defined populations has begun in earnest. But for others, the trek toward innovative new strategies in care delivery has barely left the planning stages.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:16:00 -0500

Public comments filed on a proposed merger and acquisition pact in Massachusetts reflect the breadth of consolidation debates raging across the country.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:06:00 -0500

With Medicare upping the ante on hospitals to reduce readmission rates, pressure is mounting on hospitals to get the job done. Crafting collaborative relationships with community-based caregivers to boost patient care is key, researchers suggest.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:04:00 -0500

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.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:48:00 -0500

A RAND study finds no evidence that tort reform laws are reducing the use of medically unnecessary defensive procedures and services, such as high-cost advanced imaging.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:02:00 -0500

Placing an emphasis on case management for patients with the most serious conditions and co-morbidities has paid off for two participants in the Pioneer ACO program.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:54:00 -0500

A pair of research studies reveals high hurdles providers face as they try to reduce readmission rates and avoid reimbursement penalties.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:27:00 -0500

Leveraging existing resources and strengthening relationships with community-based organizations can lead to "huge ROI" for hospitals, says public health innovator, Rishi Manchanda, MD.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:10:00 -0500

High-ranking health plans in the Medicare Advantage program share the strategies that have led to their success.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:55:00 -0500

The loans target accountable care organizations that serve rural and underserved communities and which joined the Shared Savings Program in 2012, 2013, or 2014. ACOs joining in 2016 are also eligible.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:48:00 -0500

The commercial payer enjoys a market share advantage in more than double the number of metropolitan areas as the next two insurers, says AMA survey data. America's Health Insurance Plans calls the findings "fatally flawed."

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:07:00 -0500

Leading providers now focus on educating and empowering women about the unique healthcare needs they have.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:56:00 -0500

The CDC believes two nurses were likely infected during lapses of infection protocols during the three days before the first patient's diagnosis. The second nurse, diagnosed hours after a flight, "should not have been allowed to travel."

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:49:00 -0500

"Strict MU requirements and deadlines [do not] provide sufficient time to focus on achieving interoperability" says a letter co-signed by eight provider organizations and large health systems.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:09:00 -0500

The high cost of specialty drugs that cure hepatitis C and treat specific forms of cancer has sparked heated criticism. Value-based pricing is an alternative—but it may be impractical.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -0500

Healthcare has become "less about well-founded, trusted relationships between healthcare professionals and patients" and more of a "profit-driven service industry," say a pair of Dartmouth Institute researchers. But they offer solutions.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:56:00 -0500

Saying "a single infection in a healthcare worker is unacceptable," the head of the CDC says his agency is "looking at everything we can do to minimize that risk."

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:53:00 -0500

Federal data shows a lift in quality rankings for Medicare Advantage health plans with and without prescription drug coverage—and a steep drop in the number of lowest-performing plans.

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:48:00 -0500

Disease control experts from the CDC and providers must "rethink the way we address Ebola infection control," including how protective equipment is put on and taken off, says the agency's director.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:53:44 -0500

The Affordable Care Act is having a lasting impact on small businesses, affecting how owners make decisions about hiring and managing staff, upgrading equipment and more.

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:04:15 -0500

With just over three weeks left to choose new coverage in the health law marketplaces, deciphering the complex system of subsidies remains a key challenge for many would-be insurance customers.

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:47:12 -0600

A WSJ reporter followed a group of families and scientists trying to accelerate the development of a drug to treat Niemann-Pick Type C disease, a rare and fatal cholesterol metabolism disorder known as NPC that strikes primarily children.

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:31:45 -0600

Health law overhaul is affecting millions of Americans. Readers write to the Wall Street Journal to answer the question, "How has the health law affected you?"

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:18:21 -0600

On Tuesday, February 25 at 3:00 p.m. ET the Wall Street Journal's Anna Mathews will be joined by Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Mike Stahl, senior vice president at HealthMarkets, and Adam Okun, senior vice president at Frenkel Benefits, to discuss the health law, what it means for consumers and employers, and answer reader questions.

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:27:25 -0600

This is a huge year for the law known as Obamacare. Tell us your story of how the health law has affected you.

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:08:45 -0600

Dr. Christopher Austin and the Journal's Health reporter Amy Dockser Marcus took questions about treatments for rare disease during a Reddit AMA.

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:35:50 -0600

For years, Christopher P. Austin has been trying to develop a way for science to build a better partnership with patients. Dr. Austin and the Journal’s Amy Dockser Marcus are answering questions now.

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:27:34 -0500

Sleep experts say napping done right is good for the brain and our work performance. But what’s the best way to grab some extra zzz’s during the day?

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:12:20 -0500

Physician pay accounts for about 20% of total health-care spending, and in many specialties it has increased much faster than inflation in recent years. Some critics say that’s because most doctors get paid for every service they perform, which creates an incentive to order unnecessary tests and hospitalize people who don’t need it. That critique is the basis for a push to tie physician pay to performance, evaluating doctors on how well they follow procedures for patient care and how well they score on patient satisfaction surveys, among other things. [wsj-poll name="20130611-200308-1747367582" category="topic" size="E"]

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