Commentary: Health systems should look within to address social determinants

There's now a strong understanding that social factors can have a greater impact on health and well-being than clinical care. Health systems should use that knowledge to improve the health of their own employees as well as their patients. more

12/13/2018

Health insurers look to digital tools to improve customer experience

Health insurers say investing in digital tools and other technologies can help them improve the customer experience to give plan members a personalized, frictionless healthcare experience. more

12/13/2018

Massachusetts healthcare spending growth drops in 2017

Healthcare spending only grew by 1.6% in Massachusetts from 2016 to 2017, nearly half the rate in 2015 and 2016 and well below the state's 3.6% cost growth benchmark, according to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. more

12/13/2018

Vermont health system CEO resigns amid financial troubles

Springfield Hospital said in a statement that the hospital is "facing challenges created by a declining population, rising costs, below-cost reimbursements from payers, and an increase in the number of patients who are unable to pay for care." more

12/13/2018

AMA tool helps doctors talk to patients about gun safety

The American Medical Association on Thursday launched a new tool to aid physicians in talking with patients about reducing the risk of firearm injury and death. more

12/13/2018

Calif., N.Y. approve Cigna-Express Scripts merger with conditions

California and New York regulators approved health insurer Cigna Corp.'s acquisition of pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, bringing the $67 billion deal a step nearer to closing. more

12/13/2018

New Jersey health systems and insurers pitch in on Housing First programs

The pilot program will identify the most frequent users of health services and taxpayer-supported institutions and give them shelter and the proper support to relieve the burden on those facilities. more

12/13/2018

New York AG fines EmblemHealth for insufficient coverage of gender-reassignment surgery

EmblemHealth is required to cover gender reassignment surgery and pay $250,000 in civil rights penalties to the state after the attorney general reached a settlement with the not-for-profit insurer. more

12/13/2018

Farm bill opens door to refinancing indebted rural hospitals

Congress passed its farm bill, which could significantly restructure rural hospitals' debt. The hospitals hope it will be a first step to a pay overhaul that could prevent closures. more

12/13/2018

Editorial: The Great Moderation in healthcare spending continues

For decades, demographers and economists have predicted the gray tsunami of aging baby boomers would inevitably push healthcare spending over 20% of GDP. But a new paper highlights some recent trends suggesting the future may not be as bleak and... more

12/13/2018