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Hospital groups can take lead on data-reporting problems

Amid a widely-demanded delay of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' latest round of star ratings for hospitals, the ball is in hospitals' court to improve many of the problems the industry sees with the rating methodology, argues a blog post from Health Affairs.

Widening merger-review approach could stymie insurer deals

A shift in how antitrust officials examine the anticompetitive effects of mergers could add to the mounting challenges faced by the Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna deals.  

WHO: Pandemic preparations don't go far enough

Not enough is being done to prepare internationally for pandemics, the World Health Organization warned at its 69 th World Health Assembly.

Where retail clinics fit into the healthcare value equation

Retail clinics have grown in popularity with patients, and that demand may hold benefits for the healthcare system overall, according to a blog post on  Health Affairs.

Anthem-Cigna discord compounds uncertainty over merger's future

Reports of behind-the-scenes bickering between Anthem and Cigna have reverberated in the stock market and raised further doubts about the likelihood the health insurers' merger will win approval.  

The imposing cost of a single opioid overdose

The cost of a single opioid overdose is significant for both the healthcare system and the patient, according to the  MetroWest Daily News.  Costs include expensive ancillary services such as ambulance rides, the administration of drugs and inpatient drug treatment programs after a clinical recovery.

If enacted, Clinton's 'Medicare for some' proposal may help hospitals

I'm not sure what to make of 86-year-old William Hager, who almost certainly will spend what remains of his days behind bars for shooting and killing his 78-year-old wife. He claimed the couple...

Senators lobby CMS over site-neutral payments

Fifty-one United States Senators have asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to closely consider its payment rules for outpatient centers operated by hospitals off their campuses,  AHA News Now  reported.

Massachusetts ballot proposition to equalize hospital payments could be disastrous

A union-backed ballot initiative to equalize payments to hospitals in Massachusetts is raising significant concerns both within and outside the provider community. If passed by voters later this year, no hospital would be paid more than 20 percent above the statewide average for any medical procedure, according to  The Boston Globe.

Oregon hospitals to furnish price estimates

Oregon's hospitals have been the latest to join the price transparency bandwagon, although like most states, in a very limited fashion.