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Medical care, prescription use climb

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.

Massachusetts insurers warn costs will rise up to 8%

Insurers operating in Massachusetts recently warned businesses that their costs will likely increase between 5 percent and 8 percent this year.

Michigan Blues shares claims data to help improve quality, lower costs

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.

Reform barely impacts healthcare costs, use in Massachusetts

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.

Hospitalization rates on decline, census shows

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 using outpatient services more often

Patients have starting to see doctors more often and increase their use of several outpatient services.

UnitedHealth boosts revenue, membership in Q2

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