Healthcare News & Insights

Why opioid addiction will persist until physicians have panoramic view of exposure

There are a number of factors involved with opioid addiction, not just long-term use. In this guest post, practicing gastroenterologist, Dr. Mukul Mehra, CTO and co-founder of a company that develops technology that allows for the monitoring of opioid dosing, explains why opioid addiction persists and what the healthcare industry needs to combat it.

OSHA steps up scrutiny of inpatient facilities

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been scrutinizing the healthcare industry lately and what it found has the agency up in arms. So much so it introduced a new compliance nightmare for hospitals and nursing homes.

Most costly inpatient hospital conditions to treat

For policymakers, hospitals are a major concern because they represent the single largest portion of healthcare spending. And unfortunately, as has been the case for years now, healthcare costs are growing faster than the economy. That’s why most hospitals are focused on doing everything they can to provide better, more effective care at a lower […] [MORE]

CMS’ new observation care rules get thumbs down from hospitals

It appears the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) isn’t winning any popularity contest with its new observation care/admission rule. In fact, you probably would be hard pressed to find anyone in a hospital or skilled nursing facility environment who are in favor of this rule.

2 hospitals required by OIG to refund Medicare overpayments

The words “Medicare overpayment” can make any hospital executive cringe. Reason: They know they will either have to refund the overpayment, which is often a large sum of money, or they’re going to have to invest the time and effort it takes to go through the appeal process. Well, two hospital are facing that dilemma.

Hospitals pay $10.1M for alleged False Claims Act violations

A group of Florida hospitals has agreed to pay the federal government $10.1 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act (FCA).

Cancer costs double in 20 years; some payers feel more pain than others

It’s not news that cancer costs have increased dramatically in the past 20 years. But who’s paying more — and why — might surprise you.