Category: Industry Updates

Cost of ER visits nearly doubled as fees are coded at highest level – Houston Chronicle

Even though the number of insured emergency room visits has stayed about the same in recent years, the cost to step inside the door has nearly doubled, according to new data released by a health care policy group. In 2016,

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Delays Controversial Change After Backlash

The largest health insurer in Texas was set to change a review process on Monday. But it has been delayed until August 6th, after getting backlash from physicians in Texas. If the new process is launched, Blue Cross Blue Shield of

Emergency rooms to see impact is Blue Cross Blue Shield passed; -Amarillo

A rule that could effect how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas customers are treated during a health emergency has been postponed for at least 60 days. Local urgent care centers will not be effected if the new rule were

Bay Area Regional Medical Center Announces Closure | Bay Area Regional Medical Center

Bay Area Regional Medical Center, LLC (Bay Area Regional) a diversified, integrated multi-specialty health care delivery system, today announced the closing of Bay Area Regional and will be filing for bankruptcy next week. Bay Area Regional invested $200 million during

Pharmaceutical executive apologizes to Congress for role in opioid crisis: ‘I am deeply sorry’

Pharmaceutical executives appeared before Congress on Tuesday to answer questions about a congressional investigation into drug companies’ role in the nation’s opioid epidemic, The Washington Post reports. A Cardinal Health executive, George Barrett, apologized for his drug company’s slow response to the

3 types of Drs “GoldiDocs” – Jordan Grumet MD

The GoldiDocs Phenomena The world consists of three types of doctor.  Three types of doctors who will grace your presence on any given stay in the hospital, foray into the nursing home, or visit to the office.  You might have

Despite Opioid Crisis, Louisiana May Cut Drug Treatment Options

Louisiana is in the middle of an opioid crisis, but a pervasive state budget shortfall may lead the state to eliminate some drug and alcohol treatment options for people with Medicaid after July 1. The latest state budget proposal, passed by the

Is It Ever OK For Doctors To Lie To Their Patients? -Nana Matoba, M.D

Doctors shouldn’t lie to their patients, even now when the parsing of words and the telling of white lies is common at the highest level of our government. But they do it all the time — sometimes for personal reasons but most

Can Small Practices Adapt to New Payment Plans? – Bill Golden, MD

Even small practices can adapt to new payment models — but they need the right incentives to get going, Bill Golden, MD, medical director of Arkansas Medicaid, said here at the annual meeting of the American College of Physicians. “We’ve

Treating Outpatients Like Inpatients- by Fred N. Pelzman, MD

Every action that is taken, especially when it comes to healthcare, has ripple effects, which often end up being more far more significant than we anticipate, turning that ripple into a tidal wave. Every time somebody besides actual healthcare providers

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