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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:00:00 -0600

Fear and apathy are among the biggest stumbling blocks to universal healthcare in the US, especially in a single payer system, according to experts. From MedPage Today.

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:53:00 -0600

Expect a lot of lobbying by hospital organizations to scale back the federal government's plans to drastically raise the percentage of Medicare payments linked to value-based care, says one observer.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:06:00 -0600

Data from a 10-year study does not show any increase in the rate of Medicaid patients' visits to doctors' offices. A shortage of primary care physicians willing to accept Medicaid may be a factor.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:58:00 -0600

Two days after HHS unveiled significant Medicare payment reforms, a group of commercial payers, providers, and industry partners says it is committed to putting 75% of its business into value-based models by 2020.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:49:00 -0600

Author Steven Brill offers an approach to bending the healthcare cost curve that follows none of the usual policy paths.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:43:00 -0600

Ratings of dialysis centers are based on population health statistics that are often beyond the facilities' control and don't reflect quality measures important to patients, says an executive at the National Kidney Foundation.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:59:00 -0600

Accelerating Medicare's drive to value-based payment and delivery models would boost care quality and generate enough cost savings to pay for "doc fix" reform, advocates say.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:53:00 -0600

HHS officials highlight a three-year payment reform timeline, which calls for boosting fee-for-service Medicare reimbursements and increasing reimbursements linked to quality and value.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:07:00 -0600

The Office of Inspector General made two recommendations that it says CMS and CMS-authorized accreditors should use to oversee compounded sterile preparations in hospitals.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:01:00 -0600

Community Health Systems, Inc. has announced that it will purchase 80% equity in Metro Health. In Colorado, Humana and Boulder Community Health have announced the launch of an accountable care arrangement and population health partnership.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:16:00 -0600

The American Medical Association is doing a disservice by not weighing in on how to pay for repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement under Medicare, a member of Congress said Thursday. From MedPage Today.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:11:00 -0600

A federal Court of Appeals panel has rejected the Obama administration's contention that hospital admission-status decisions are mainly in the hands of physicians and beyond the authority of Medicare.

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:18:00 -0600

Most organizations are still standing in two worlds—managing with one foot in fee-for-service and one foot in fee-for-value. Uncertainty about future revenue streams is the leading industry hurdle, our annual industry survey finds.

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:12:00 -0600

Widespread agreement in Congress on the need to replace Medicare's payment system for physicians is offset by deep divisions over how to pay for a new reimbursement model.

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:15:00 -0600

Some of the most noticeable changes in healthcare staffing and structure are occurring at the top, in the executive suite. One recruiter expects 2015 is the year titles with their roots in value-based payments will become more familiar.

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:08:00 -0600

The use of high-cost antiseptic washcloths on ICU patients results in no statistically significant difference in rates of infection for four hospital-acquired infections, researchers find.

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:42:00 -0600

With healthcare payers increasingly relying on narrow provider networks to contain costs and achieve quality, California regulators are pressing health plans to blunt out-of-network costs and maintain accurate provider directories.

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:36:00 -0600

More than half of healthcare executives surveyed believe they'll see a return on investment for healthcare information technology and data/analytic tools in four years or less.

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:48:00 -0600

Despite changes designed to improve audits of medical service billings to Medicare, healthcare providers are still crying foul.

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:31:00 -0600

Tavenner steps down at the end of February, citing no future plans. She cites success in Healthcare.gov enrollment and improved quality of care.

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 has been 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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