The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on Friday outlined several recommendations for the Medicare program, including a policy that would equalize payment rates for evaluation and management visits provided inside or outside a hospital.
Although the Affordable Care Act will expand access to insurance coverage in 2014, hospitals are worried that millions of Americans will enroll in high-deductible plans that will force them to pay out of pocket and lead to more uncompensated-care costs.
Millions of Americans are unwittingly getting too little sleep—and research shows that it may have a major effect on their health, Jane Brody writes this week in the New York Times' "Well."
More troubling details—including allegations that one doctor over-sedated patients in order to perform unnecessary surgeries—continue to emerge from the federal government's case against Chicago's Sacred Heart Hospital, Charles Babcock reports for Bloomberg News.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) last week outlined four methods to improve treatment of Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions through better use of accountable care organizations.