Regulations & Policy

A new study has reaffirmed that consumers don’t really shop around to find lower healthcare prices.

Higher star ratings may be associated with better patient outcomes in Medicare Advantage plans, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

 

A month and a half after hospitals were mandated to show their prices for shoppable services, anecdotal evidence shows some may be deeming the penalty of up to $300 per day insufficiently incentivizing.

A new alliance of powerful associations representing providers, payers, hospitals and employers has formed to push U.S. healthcare toward universal coverage.

Emulating finance’s use of satellite parking-lot imagery to guide investments in retail, researchers have tapped Google search patterns to helpfully predict ebbs and flows of COVID cases across the U.S.

The Biden-Harris administration is planning to sign two executive orders to provide healthcare relief for those needing insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as undo some Trump administration policies that undermined the Affordable Care Act.

The researchers solicited 306 adults—188 in the U.S. and 118 in South Korea—for their views on contact tracing, quarantine monitoring and public mapping of sites recently visited by COVID-positive individuals.

Google searches for “telehealth” have fallen far since peaking in March 2020. However, the term is plateauing at a rate that’s 320% higher than in pre-pandemic times.

Another quick field check has found the federal rule requiring hospitals to show their prices for shoppable services meeting with only spotty compliance since it went into effect Jan. 1.

Fifteen-hospital McLaren Health Care has agreed to pay $7.75 million for illegally distributing prescription painkillers. 

If the hospitals of America’s most populous city are any sort of bellwether, CMS is going to have its hands full trying to enforce compliance with the Trump Administration’s executive order on price transparency.

Of 30 nationally representative college campuses in the U.S., 17 had COVID-19 outbreaks that spread to neighboring communities as classes resumed for the fall.

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The United States has faced a growing shortage of physicians for some time. This long-term trend—coupled with the pandemic and increased imaging demand throughout 2021—have led to a highly competitive radiologist employment market at a time when practices find themselves short-staffed, overworked, and in need of relief.

Can you recall the last shift during which you spent close to 100% of your time on clinical duties?

Medical malpractice claims are a significant source of anxiety for all radiologists. Unfortunately, decisions made in the heat of the moment, with the absolute best intentions, can still land a specialist in court.

   
   
   
   
   
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