Providers and insurers agree bundled payments for prenatal care, delivery and postpartum care lower costs and boost quality, but squaring away payment terms has proven more tricky.
A jury determined that Sutter Health is not guilty of the allegations in a long-running federal antitrust lawsuit against the not-for-profit health system.
Sutter Health was able to convince a jury that it did not engage in anticompetitive practices that drove up healthcare costs for Northern Californians.
A top Sutter Health finance executive said during testimony in a federal trial that her organization is not required to provide free or discounted care, otherwise known as charity care, as a condition of being not-for-profit. Experts say that's true, with caveats.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau questions whether medical debts should appear on credit reports at all.