The proposed merger of Partners HealthCare and Care New England won't have a dramatic effect on Massachusetts healthcare spending, even if care patterns significantly change, according to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission.
People are essentially paying more for the same amount of care. Average utilization across all sectors only grew 0.5% from 2016 to 2017, but spending rose 4.2% led by a 3.6% hike in prices, according to a new report.
Hospital prices for inpatient care grew 42% from 2007 to 2014 while physician prices rose 18%, according to a new study. This trend should direct policy reform, researchers said.
Colorado hospitals could have passed on savings to consumers of as much as $11.5 billion over a nine-year period if they had better contained costs and lowered their margins, according to a new state report.
Foreign investment is contributing to a booming medical office sector—one of several trends changing the healthcare real estate landscape.
Highmark Health CFO Karen Hanlon says the integrated delivery system is focused on expanding some of its value-based initiatives.
The healthcare sector made 41,600 new hires in January, making it the third biggest job maker. Although hiring in healthcare was strong, it dropped by 15% compared with the hiring made in December.
UnitedHealthcare's decision to stop sharing data with the Health Care Cost Institute could jeopardize the not-for-profit organization's ability to refresh its data for researchers beyond calendar year 2017.
Publicly traded health insurers are performing better financially than other healthcare players, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon, according to a panel of Wall Street analysts at a Nashville Health Care Council event.
Geisinger Health System is pushing some innovative approaches to care delivery, including offering refunds to patients dissatisfied with their experience. Interim CEO Dr. Jaewon Ryu and Chief Innovation Officer Karen Murphy talk about what's ahead for the organization.
Home dialysis adoption has so far been slow, but financial incentives and the threat of disruption might be pushing dialysis providers to up their game.
Ascension's restructuring highlights the balance health systems must strike in maintaining core operations and expanding new ventures.