Tag: health care costs

Study Calls Higher Surgery Costs at NCI Centers Into Question

Insurance companies pay National Cancer Institute–designated cancer centers more for common cancer surgeries, but there’s no improvement in length of stay, subsequent ED use, or...

Poll Finds Most Americans Believe Nurses Are Underpaid

Aug. 11, 2021 — Large majorities of both Democrats and Republicans believe that nurses and health care aides are underpaid, while many Americans say...

‘Trauma Centers’ Huge Fees to Treat Minor Injuries and Send Home

The care was ordinary. A hospital in Modesto, California, treated a 30-year-old man for shoulder and back pain after a car accident. He went home...

Expert Shares Practical Considerations for Dupilumab Treatment

Clinicians who struggle to get dupilumab approved for their patients with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (AD) are not alone. This scenario was illustrated in...

Shortage of Mental Health Beds Keeps Kids Trapped Inside ERs

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR Friday, June 25, 2021 (Kaiser News) — One evening in late March, a mom called 911. Her daughter, she said, was...

Hospitals, Insurers Invest to Tackle Patients’ Social Needs

PHILADELPHIA — When doctors at a primary care clinic here noticed many of its poorest patients were failing to show up for appointments, they hoped...

Hospitals Sued Patients Over Medical Debt Through the Pandemic

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive  our biggest stories  as soon as they’re published. Last year as...

Almost Half of Patients With Migraine Reluctant to Seek Care

Almost 50% of patients with migraine hesitate to seek appropriate care, new research shows. A survey of nearly 18,000 participants with migraine showed that 46%...

Little Impact of Private Equity on Dermatology Practices

A new study suggests that private investor ownership of dermatology practices has little impact on spending, but does result in a small increase in the number...

Pandemic Leads Doctors to Rethink Unnecessary Treatment

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Covid-19 is opening the door for researchers to address a problem...

Colorado Lawmakers Wage Multifront Assault on High Drug Costs

DENVER — Tired of waiting for federal action to reduce prescription drug costs, Colorado is acting on its own — even if it must do...

Why Your Dentist Might Seem Pushy

By Daryl Austin Wednesday, May 19, 2021 (Kaiser News) — In 1993, Dr. David Silber, a dentist now practicing in Plano, Texas, was fired from...

How the New ‘Patient Price Shopping’ Rule Can Affect Doctors

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is trying to change the way patients choose their healthcare by encouraging consumers to use online tools...

Lemonade, Crowdsourcing to Help Fund Girl’s Brain Surgery

March 5, 2021 — Liza Scott’s family is raising money for her upcoming brain surgery the old-fashioned way — and the new-fashioned way. Liza, 7,...

Big Gap Between Physician Payments for Offices vs Hospitals: Study

Medicare payments for physician services were, on average, $114,000 per doctor per year higher when billed by a hospital than when billed by an independent...

Biden’s CDC Director Has Long Used Data to Save Lives

In early December, Dr. Katy Stephenson was watching TV with her family and scrolling through Twitter when she saw a tweet that made her shout. “I said...

Healthcare Stakeholders Agree on Universal Coverage Plan

In an unprecedented pact among healthcare stakeholders, associations representing physicians, hospitals, insurance companies, and employers have agreed to pursue universal coverage through market-based solutions that...

U.S. Drug Prices Much Higher Than in Other Nations

Jan. 29, 2021 — Prescription drug prices in the U.S. are more than 250% times higher overall than those in 32 other countries, according to...

Endocrine Society Call for Action to Reduce Insulin Costs in US

The Endocrine Society has issued a new position statement calling on all stakeholders, including clinicians, to play a role in reducing the cost of insulin...

Democrats Are Running Hard on Health Care in Georgia’s Runoffs

In this Nov. 20, 2020, photo, Vice President Mike Pence and Kelly Loeffler wave to the crowd during a Defend the Majority Rally in Canton,...

Healthcare Spending Rate in 2020 May Dip to ‘Historic’ Lows

Healthcare spending in 2020 is on course to not only be lower than in 2019, but lower than ever recorded, according to an analysis of...

Review Shows That Pharma Payments Do Influence Prescribing

Financial payments from the pharmaceutical industry to US physicians were associated with increased prescribing of the paying manufacturer’s drug, concludes a review of 36 recent...

Pandemic Puts All Eyes on Public Health

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Public health — the science of protecting and improving the health...

Fewer Docs Accepting Industry Payments, but Overall Value Stable

A federal transparency program designed to lower healthcare costs had relatively little impact on total and annual payments to physicians from drugmakers and device makers...

California Joins Movement to Give NPs Practice Autonomy

The national movement to grant nurse practitioners (NPs) greater autonomy reached critical mass this week when California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will...