Officials say the new facility in Prince George's County will significantly improve the quality of the county's health care system, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, Maryland, and Utah.
Jeffrey Kullgren, the study's lead author, says the findings show few U.S. residents "in high-deductible health plans are engaging in consumer behaviors," but those who do reap benefits, such as receiving needed services and paying lower prices.
An "epidemic" of unnecessary medical treatment, including a $1,877 mid-surgery ear piercing and more than $2,000 in potentially needless testing for a benign cyst, is wasting billions in health care costs every year—and there's no easy fix to the problem, Marshall Allen writes for ProPublica/NPR's "Shots."
Need a refresher on Medicare Advantage? You’re not alone: The program's public-private approach to health care, which allows private insurers to take charge of care for Medicare patients, isn't always well understood by patients or providers. Learn what MA is—and what its future holds for population health efforts.
Lehigh Valley Health Network, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and other hospitals are establishing "street medicine" programs to provide basic health care and social services to the homeless—and some are generating unexpected savings in the process.
The Senate as early as today could vote to pass a tax reform measure that would effectively eliminate the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and could trigger $25 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare next year. The bill would need to be reconciled with a House-passed version.