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Study: Regulation and competition can work together to control consumer costs

By regulating the selection and structure marketplace plans, California's healthcare exchange managed to keep premiums low, even in areas with fewer insurers, according to a study published in Health Affairs.  

Time for hospitals, physicians to get on board with transparency movement

Guest post by Kent Bottles, M.D., a lecturer at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health To say there is a global disagreement about publicly reported ratings for physician and...

Cigna partnership targets opioid addiction, substance use

Cigna will provide the American Society of Addiction Medicine with two years of substance use claims data as part of a partnership to address substance abuse, particularly the growing problem of opioid addiction, according to an announcement released on Tuesday.

AHA16: Experts say insurer mergers bad for providers, consumers

WASHINGTON, DC--Payers and providers remain deeply divided over health insurance company consolidation--a fact highlighted during an executive briefing at the American Hospital Association's annual meeting on Monday.

Medical errors officially the third leading cause of death in U.S., study finds

Medical error is the third leading cause of death in U.S., behind only heart disease and cancer, according to a study published in  The BMJ.

Opioid crisis: Insurers bear brunt of cost burden

As the opioid abuse and addiction crisis intensified, private and public insurers took on more of the cost, according to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in  Health Affairs.

Shortages of key emergency care drugs persist, study finds

Even with legislation to improve shortages in the nation's drug supply, a shortfall remains for acute and critical care drugs, according to new research.

Opioid crisis: Hospitalizations, costs soared in last decade

The opioid abuse epidemic has already hit hospitals hard, mobilizing hospital leaders and prompting the federal government to allocate more than $500 million against it. Now new research published in Health Affairs finds the crisis has also hurt hospitals financially.

MACRA proposed rule could mean big trouble for solo practices, physician says

Absent a radical change in the way the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services measure care quality, small practices will bear the brunt of the proposed rule for the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), according to an interview in  Physicians Practice.

Hospitals should reconsider charity care for middle-class, insured patients

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) appears to help the poor the most (those who actually purchase heavily subsidized commercial policies and don't buy into the propaganda about socialized medicine...