CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a blog post published Monday in Health Affairs announced that accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program generated $739.4 million in net savings in 2018.
When a photo of the children donating the $148 they raised through a lemonade stand to Cincinnati Children's went viral, additional donations came flooding in, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, North Carolina, and Ohio.
Payers are testing bundled payments in maternity care as a way to reduce costs and improve outcomes, and while some obstetricians say the accountability is overdue, others are worried that the payment mechanism exposes them to financial risk unfairly, Carmen Rodriguez reports for Kaiser Health News.
While medical education was once rife with harassment and humiliation from attending physicians, many educators are moving away from this approach. However, some may have gone too far, failing to deliver "negative feedback of any kind," writes pediatrician Perri Klass for the New York Times' "The Checkup."
The Department of Justice last week announced that it has brought charges against 35 individuals, including 10 medical professionals, for their alleged role in a Medicare scam involving dozens of telemedicine companies and genetic testing laboratories.
Clinical guidelines published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine triggered a wave of pushback over claims that there isn't convincing evidence that adults need to reduce their intake of processed and red meats to improve their health, countering prominent dietary guidelines that for years have warned consumers to eat less of those foods.
Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced that it has reached an agreement with two Ohio counties to settle claims, with no admission of liability, that the drugmaker contributed to the U.S. opioid epidemic.
CMS on Monday invited states to participate in a demonstration project that will allow them to implement wellness programs that require patients to meet specific health outcomes to receive rewards in their individual health insurance markets.