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Friday
Oct112019

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week:

 

Sutter, Kaiser among hospitals hit by Northern California blackouts

The blackouts created by the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) utility in Northern California have led to numerous hospitals relying on their backup generators for power.

Healthcare Dive

Friday, October 11, 2019

Amazon Textract now HIPAA-eligible as tech giant expands AI portfolio

Amazon Textract, a machine learning service that automatically extracts selected text and data from scanned documents, is now HIPAA-eligible, Amazon Web Services announced in a blog post Thursday.

Healthcare Dive

Friday, October 11, 2019

How HHS wants to update anti-kickback rules to support value-based care

HHS on Wednesday issued long-anticipated proposed rules to update anti-kickback and physician-referral regulations so they do not interfere with physicians' ability to participate in value-based payment arrangements.

The Advisory Board

Thursday, October 10, 2019

VCU Health Will Halt Patient Lawsuits, Boost Aid In Wake Of KHN Investigation

VCU Health, the major Richmond medical system that includes the state’s largest teaching hospital, said it will no longer file lawsuits against its patients, ending a practice that has affected tens of thousands of people over the years.

Kaiser Health News

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Waste gobbles up 25% of US healthcare spending, JAMA study finds

The estimated cost of waste in the U.S. healthcare system ranges from $760 billion to $935 billion, or about 25% of the total healthcare spending, according to a report in JAMA issued Monday.

Healthcare Dive

Monday, October 7, 2019

 

These and more weekly news items on the business of healthcare are featured in the MCOL Weekend edition, along with the MCOL Tidbits, and more, for MCOL Premium level members.

 

Friday
Oct042019

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week:

 

Why Hospitals Are Getting Into The Housing Business

One patient at Denver Health, the city’s largest safety net hospital, occupied a bed for more than four years — a hospital record of 1,558 days. Another admitted for a hard-to-treat bacterial infection needed eight weeks of at-home IV antibiotics, but had no home.

Kaiser Health News

Friday, October 4, 2019

Humana's chief strategy officer: Insurance giant is shifting to be a healthcare company

Insurance giant Humana operates a mail-order pharmacy, has more than 230 owned or alliance primary care clinics and a large home health care provider, Kindred at Home. And the payer continues to build out capabilities to address members' social determinants of health.

Fierce Healthcare

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Trump signs executive order bolstering MA in pushback on 'Medicare for All'

President Donald Trump signed an executive order in Florida on Thursday he said would bolster the Medicare program as numerous Democratic presidential candidates seek to expand the program beyond seniors, a move Trump said would jeopardize the entire program.

Healthcare Dive

Thursday, October 3, 2019

US vaping illnesses top 1,000; death count is up to 18

The number of vaping-related illnesses has surpassed 1,000, and there’s no sign the outbreak is fading, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

The Associated Press

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Walmart To Give Workers Financial Incentives To Use Higher-Quality Doctors

Worried its employees aren’t getting good enough care from doctors in their insurance networks, Walmart next year will test pointing workers in northwestern Arkansas, central Florida and the Dallas-Fort Worth area toward physicians it has found provide better service.

Kaiser Health News

Thursday, October 3, 2019

 

These and more weekly news items on the business of healthcare are featured in the MCOL Weekend edition, along with the MCOL Tidbits, and more, for MCOL Premium level members.

 

Friday
Sep272019

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week:

 

Vaping-Related Illnesses Climb to 805, C.D.C. Says

The latest weekly tally includes 275 more reports of patients sickened, in 46 states. There are now 12 deaths linked to vaping-related lung injuries.

The New York Times

Friday, September 27, 2019

 

Senate approves delay in planned DSH cuts

The Senate approved a delay in $4 billion in planned cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments set to go into effect in November.

Fierce Healthcare

Thursday, September 26, 2019

 

Uber And Lyft Ride-Sharing Services Hitch Onto Medicaid

Arizona Medicaid Director Jami Snyder heard many complaints about enrollees missing medical appointments because the transportation provided by the state didn’t show or came too late.

Kaiser Health News

Thursday, September 26, 2019

 

Amazon launches pilot of virtual employee medical service Amazon Care

Amazon is piloting a new virtual health service benefit for employees and their families in the Seattle region. Calling it Amazon Care, the tech giant said the service combines "the best of both virtual and in-person care" by offering virtual visits, in-person primary care visits at patients' homes or offices and prescription delivery.

Fierce Healthcare

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

 

Walmart announces plan to build healthcare workforce, offering education for $1 a day

As Walmart moves deeper into primary care, the retail giant wants to ensure there is a skilled healthcare workforce to fill critical roles in its 20 care clinics.

Fierce Healthcare

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

 

These and more weekly news items on the business of healthcare are featured in the MCOL Weekend edition, along with the MCOL Tidbits, and more, for MCOL Premium level members.

Friday
Aug302019

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week: 

They Got Estimates Before Surgery — And A Bill After That Was 50% More

Before scheduling his hernia surgery, Wolfgang Balzer called the hospital, the surgeon and the anesthesiologist to get estimates for how much the procedure would cost. But when his bill came, the estimates he had obtained were wildly off.

Kaiser Health News

Friday, August 30, 2019

Health insurers slam CMS proposal to alter Medicare Advantage audits

Health insurers and their industry trade groups this week urged the federal government to scrap proposed changes to the way it audits Medicare Advantage plans, warning the changes could result in higher costs and reduced benefits for seniors.

Modern Healthcare

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Medicare Part D paid millions for drugs already covered by Part A hospice benefits

Despite a previous warning, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services failed to take steps to ensure the Medicare Part D program does not also pay for medicines that should be covered under the Medicare Part A hospice benefit, resulting in an estimated $161 million in duplicate payments in 2016, according to a new federal government analysis.

Stat News

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Administration ends protection for migrant medical care

The Trump administration has eliminated a protection that lets immigrants remain in the country and avoid deportation while they or their relatives receive life-saving medical treatments or endure other hardships, immigration officials said in letters issued to families this month.

AP News

Monday, August 26, 2019

Judge Cites Opioid ‘Menace,’ Awards Oklahoma $572M In Landmark Case

An Oklahoma judge has ruled that drugmaker Johnson & Johnson helped ignite the state’s opioid crisis by deceptively marketing painkillers and must pay $572 million to the state.

Kaiser Health News

Monday, August 26, 2019

These and more weekly news items on the business of healthcare are featured in the MCOL Weekend edition, along with the MCOL Tidbits, and more, for MCOL Premium level members.

 

Friday
Aug232019

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week: 

$16B veterans' health project hits major snag

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie insisted last week that the Trump administration is "on track" with a $16 billion project to connect medical records for the military and vets.

Politico

Friday, August 23, 2019 

Dialysis Industry Spends Big To Protect Profits

The dialysis industry spent about $2.5 million in California on lobbying and campaign contributions in the first half of this year in its ongoing battle to thwart regulation, according to a California Healthline analysis of campaign finance reports filed with the state.

Kaiser Health News

Friday, August 23, 2019 

Opioid Treatment Is Used Vastly More in States That Expanded Medicaid

States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen a much bigger increase in prescriptions for a medication that treats opioid addiction than states that chose not to expand the program, a new study has found.

NY Times

Thursday, August 22, 2019 

Exclusive: Cigna seeks sale of group benefits insurance business - sources

U.S. health insurer Cigna Corp is exploring a sale of its group benefits insurance business, which could be valued at as much as $6 billion, four people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Reuters

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 

The Collapse Of A Hospital Empire — And Towns Left In The Wreckage

The money was so good in the beginning, and it seemed it might gush forever, right through tiny country hospitals in Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and into the coffers of companies controlled by Jorge A. Perez, his family and business partners.

Kaiser Health News

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

These and more weekly news items on the business of healthcare are featured in the MCOL Weekend edition, along with the MCOL Tidbits, and more, for MCOL Premium level members.