The number of heart valve surgeries has risen more than 50 percent since 2012, demonstrating the hospital industry’s record of finding new ways to fill beds and increase revenue even as advances in health and technology shrink demand for inpatient care. Still, patient risk and cost concerns persist.
More hospitals are hiring OB-GYNs to help handle births and obstetrical and gynecological emergencies.
The federal-state health care program covers nearly half of all births, one-third of children across the country and two-thirds of people in nursing homes.
Trust fund solvent until 2030, but some seniors may see a big spike in Part B premiums.
New data also break down billions in subsidy payments.
The president says that “in many ways, the law is working better than we expected it to.”
Those receiving subsidies express relief, jubilation at high court’s ruling.
Less than 1 percent of beneficiaries use the technology because Congress has put tight restrictions on it.
The nonpartisan agency says the repeal favored by many Republicans would also increase the deficit between $137 billion to $353 billion over 10 years.
Most blame drugmakers for high costs, finds Kaiser Family Foundation survey.
State policies are found to have big impact on residents’ awareness of the health care law and sign-up rates.
The nation’s largest online broker lost thousands of customers, but some analysts suggest that if the Supreme Court strikes down subsidies on the federal exchange, some may return to the company.
Rising admissions are driving up the need for nurses willing to travel across the country to work in hospitals.
The announcement says that the health law’s provision that insurers provide free contraceptives extends to all types of prescribed methods.
Despite ‘a good conversation’ with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Gov. Rick Scott gets no commitment on uncompensated care funding.
Like wellness programs in the private sector, more than a dozen states are offering incentives to Medicaid enrollees to spur them to make healthier decisions — and potentially save taxpayers money.
Federal officials have warned several states that their reluctance to expand Medicaid could cost them special federal funding to treat the uninsured.
Hospitals are relocating to more affluent communities to attract better-paying patients, but critics say they abandon the poor.
When informed about the challenge before the high court, about two-thirds said that lawmakers should restore subsidies if the justices strike them down.
In some of the largest states that did not expand Medicaid, many safety-net hospitals turned in strong performances in 2014, according to financial documents.