How expensive are knee replacements in the 20 largest US cities?

By Laura Dyrda Total knee replacement surgery price varies by geographic region. The total price includes hospital services, physician services and anesthesia, according to Healthcare Blue Book. The hospital services assume a four day admission and the physician fee is for the procedu
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Land of 10,000 Stories: Cop and Homeless Veteran

wkyc.com CLEVELAND – Big medical bills are a problem for many Americans. But few services deliver a bigger surprise hit than a life-saving ride on an air ambulance. Here in Northeast Ohio, we found dozens of court battles with one of the nation’s largest private, for-profi
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Massive change coming to state health care for poor

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey The federal government on Friday approved a sweeping overhaul of the state’s health care program for poor and low-income residents, pushing medical providers to better coordinate the care of nearly 2 million people. Read more…
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How predicting patient length of stay enables hospitals to save millions

Becker’s Hospital Review Extended lengths of stay are a drain on hospital resources, personnel and the bottom line, costing hospitals millions of dollars a year. But by using more unconventional data sources and predictive analytics, hospital administrators are equipped to more
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Judge allows class-action antitrust suit against NorthShore to proceed

Written by Ayla Ellison U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang denied Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem’s motion for summary judgment Sept. 9 in a class-action antitrust lawsuit, according to the Cook County Record. In the suit, a group of health insurers and
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California Senate Approves Reference Based Pricing

MyHealthGuide Source: Ana B. Ibarra, 8/30/2016, California Healthline and Senate Bill AB-72 Article referred by Bill Rusteberg, RiskManagers.us A measure to protect California consumers from surprise medical bills — among the longest-debated issues to be considered by state lawm
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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Hospital Surprise: Medicare’s Observation Care

Kaiser Health News You’re in a hospital room: You’re sick. Nurses check on you regularly and give you medicine. Your doctor has ordered treatments. But you have Medicare, so you figure you won’t face a hefty bill. Read more…  
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Hospital Surgery Rates for Workers’ Compensation Vary Widely

Insurance Journal Hospital rates for outpatient surgery paid by workers’ compensation vary significantly across states with states with fixed fee schedules having lower surgery costs for injured workers. Workers compensation costs for injured worker surgery also vary a great deal from
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Consultants aggressively compete to help insurers use big data, manage costs

By Bob Herman Deborah Norton is keenly aware health insurance consultants and vendors are everywhere, ready at the drop of a hat to help rip out costs or find ways to bolster revenue. “I get dozens of emails every single day from companies telling me they can solve my problems,” said
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Hospital execs earn bigger bonuses as value-based care takes hold

By Joseph Conn Value-based care has settled into the C-suites of the nation’s hospitals and health systems. And as executives’ compensation continues to soar, more is coming from performance-based payment models that aren’t just linked to individual efforts and outco
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