Consumers used more healthcare services last year, particularly for specialists, hospitals and prescription drugs--representing the first increamanse in three years--concludes a new report from research firm IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
Insurers operating in Massachusetts recently warned businesses that their costs will likely increase between 5 percent and 8 percent this year.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan recently launched a new initiative to help hospitals better understand their utilization patterns so they can know which practices result in the best outcomes and lowest costs.
Healthcare reform in Massachusetts, which served as the model for the federal law, didn't lead to a significant increase in healthcare utilization, length of stay or costs, according to new research from the American Heart Association.
Americans are seeing doctors less frequently, according to the latest data from the Census Bureau that looked at the country in 2010. And most people don't stay overnight at a hospital, with about 92 percent of the population having never spent a night at the hospital in the past year.
Patients have starting to see doctors more often and increase their use of several outpatient services.
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) continues its recent string of successful quarters, posting a 13 percent increase in net income and an 8 percent increase in revenue, while also adding members to its