Regulations & Policy

Two prominent palliative care specialists are calling on the nation’s healthcare influencers to rethink restrictive visitation policies and scattershot communication practices. 

Hospitals required by state laws to offer healthcare workers flu shots can expect significantly reduced flu and pneumonia mortality compared with hospitals in states forgoing such mandates.

Official mandates to social distance during the COVID-conscious holidays are going to fall on many a deaf ear if they fail to respect a ubiquitous human impulse at the core of such annual celebrations. 

Is your organization ready to meet the new federal requirements on hospital price transparency? The policy is set to go live on New Year’s Day. 

The revised system gives states greater leeway than they’ve had to cut value-based purchasing deals with pharma companies on innovative but expensive drugs.

Locking down childcare over COVID-19 in a state whose programs serve more than half a million children a day would force 75% of families to work less and 59% to quit a job outright.

National health spending accounted for 17.7% of gross domestic product in 2019 as it grew 4.6% to $3.8 trillion over 2018’s tally. Meanwhile CMS projects health expenditures to accelerate in the coming years, averaging 5.4% and reaching $6.2 trillion by 2028.

Rising COVID costs and persistent reimbursement woes have 90% of almost 1,000 U.S. nursing homes operating at a loss or on a profit margin of under 3%, according to survey results released this week.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is combining forces with two other groups to challenge the FDA final rule allowing broad, state-by-state importation of drugs from Canada.

The temporary telehealth reforms put in place to help the U.S. weather the COVID-19 storm “are good for patients and should be made permanent.”

President-elect Joe Biden wants to drop Medicare’s eligibility age to 60. If he succeeds, the move might bring in well more than 20 million new enrollees. What are the odds he’ll plant that piece of a potentially sweeping healthcare agenda?  

A healthcare research firm specializing in purchasing has considered the post-election landscape from the vantage point of large employers offering health benefits to their workers.

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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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