Earlier in the pandemic it was vital to see doctors over platforms like Zoom or FaceTime when in-person appointments posed risks of coronavirus exposure. Insurers were forced — often for the first time — to reimburse for all sorts of virtual medical visits and generally… Read More »Telemedicine Is a Tool — Not a Replacement for Your Doctor’s Touch
Epic led EMR purchasing globally in 2020, a year that saw strong activity in the arena despite the pandemic. But certain regions did experience a downswing, including Latin America, where Brazil saw a 50% drop in EMR purchasing.
KFF’s Kaiser Health News and Gray Television Partner to Examine the Drive Times and Roadblocks for Stroke Victims in Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta
KHN and Gray Television’s InvestigateTV team joined forces to dig into the underlying reasons why strokes are a deadlier threat across most counties in Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta, rural regions that are characterized by high rates of poverty, vulnerable elderly populations, a shortage of… Read More »KFF’s Kaiser Health News and Gray Television Partner to Examine the Drive Times and Roadblocks for Stroke Victims in Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta
Here are four examples of how data can help hospital liaisons to successfully engage healthcare providers and hospitals to broaden the patient communities they serve.
After spending much of the past year tending to elderly patients, doctors are seeing a clear demographic shift: young and middle-aged adults make up a growing share of the patients in covid-19 hospital wards. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for… Read More »Covid ‘Doesn’t Discriminate by Age’: Serious Cases on the Rise in Younger Adults
The San Diego-based health system experienced a cyberattack on Saturday, following which it suspended user access to several IT applications, including its patient portal. Though it is not clear if patient data was compromised, care services were affected, with the system having to reschedule some… Read More »Scripps Health IT applications pushed offline following cyberattack
Covid-19 has demonstrated the grave need for us to invest in chronic disease prevention and support by building stronger, deeper relationships with patients and families, and by focusing more on the environmental, social, and psychological factors that lead to chronic disease and impact long-term disease… Read More »Covid-19 and chronic disease: A spotlight and a stoplight
Hospital operating margins increased from January to March, but are still narrow, leaving hospitals in a financially vulnerable state, a new report from Kaufman Hall shows. In addition, volumes are still down and expenses continue to rise.
Chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner discussed Biden’s first 100 days on WAMU/NPR’s “1A” on Wednesday. She also joined Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Central Time” to talk about why hospitals aren’t cooperating with price transparency requirements. Click here to hear Rovner on WAMU/NPR Read Rovner’s “The Great… Read More »Journalists Track Biden’s First 100 Days
Healthcare is in the midst of a digital revolution, unlike anything the industry has experienced before. But, according to CHIME CEO Russell Branzell, the growing dependence on technology for patient care and remote work is raising concerns related to cyberattacks.
Patients are not the only ones who will benefit from the price transparency rule — providers and payers can also gain competitive advantages as a result of the regulation. These include being able to deepen relationships with patients and support payment contract negotiations.
DENVER — Before the pandemic, Colorado looked set to become the second state to pass what’s known as a “public option” health insurance plan, which would have forced hospitals that lawmakers said were raking in obscene profits to accept lower payments. But when covid-19 struck,… Read More »What a Difference a Year Makes in Colorado’s Case for a Public Option Plan
CMS has released its proposed inpatient payment rule for fiscal year 2022, which includes a payment bump that could increase reimbursement for hospitals by $2.5 billion. Further, in a win for hospitals, the proposal aims to repeal a part of the price transparency rule related… Read More »CMS proposes putting $2.5B into hospitals’ coffers, eliminating part of price transparency rule
Our expert panel weighs in on health systems addressing behavioral issues and supporting the mental health of doctors, nurses and others.
Bright.MD’s approach to virtual care seeks to make patient encounters more productive, improve patient satisfaction and help providers deliver care more efficiently. Presbyterian Healthcare Services offers a case study.
In March 2020, just weeks into the covid-19 pandemic, the incident command center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston was scrambling to understand this deadly new disease. It appeared to be killing more Black and brown patients than whites. For Latinos, there was an… Read More »Pandemic Imperiled Non-English Speakers More Than Others
Learn how health systems and health plans are addressing care gaps with minorities and what strategies are being utilized to close those gaps.
The California-based health system agreed to settle two lawsuits alleging unfair practices that resulted in Black and Hispanic workers being paid less and receiving fewer promotions than their white counterparts. In total, Kaiser Permanente agreed to pay $18.9 million as part of the settlements.
KHN freelancer Christine Spolar discussed how during the pandemic the nation’s richest hospitals and health systems profited after accepting the lion’s share of the federal health care bailout grant with WESA’s “The Confluence” on Tuesday. Click here to hear Spolar on WESA Read “Despite Covid,… Read More »From Hospital Profits to Gender Gaps, Journalists Are on the Case
Healthcare staff are working through immense loss, grief and uncertainty to provide care during the Covid-19 pandemic. As organizations think about how to support their staff, speakers at a MedCity INVEST panel said they must first talk about it openly and provide a safe space… Read More »To help tackle healthcare worker burnout, start talking about it
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The Biden administration is speeding up the pace of efforts to undo Trump administration health policies. The two most recent: overturning a ban on fetal tissue research funded by the National Institutes of Health and… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Picking Up the Pace of Undoing Trump Policies
The provider and payer are launching a new company that will focus on advancing value-based care. The for-profit joint venture aims to leverage the organizations’ data and expertise to create new care models, solutions and payment strategies.
Of 26 health systems surveyed by MedCity News, nearly half used automated tools to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, but none of them were regulated. Even as some hospitals continued using these algorithms, experts cautioned against their use in high-stakes decisions.
The California-based provider has filed a lawsuit against the payer, claiming Anthem has yet to pay for the care it provided to patients covered by its affiliate. Stanford and Anthem had an implied contract, and if it is not upheld by the court, the provider… Read More »Stanford Health Care seeks up to $1.9M from Anthem in new suit
The Illinois-based health system is teaming up with the analytics company to launch a genomics program, which will focus on predicting the risk of illness and outcomes among patients. It will also provide free genetic testing to low-income patients in an effort to increase access… Read More »NorthShore, Sema4 set up genomics program to advance personalized treatment
University of Virginia Health System, which for years has sued thousands of patients annually for unpaid bills, said Monday it will cancel a massive backlog of court judgments and liens resulting from those lawsuits dating to the 1990s. This story also ran on The Washington… Read More »UVA Health Will Wipe Out Tens of Thousands of Lawsuits Against Patients
Providers, payers are ready to listen, root out racism and regain the trust of minorities. Here’s how.
Racism has always existed in healthcare, but the Covid-19 pandemic laid bare how entrenched the problem still is. In response, providers and payers have vowed to fight for health equity by examining the racism within their organizations, listening to minority communities and mounting strategies that… Read More »Providers, payers are ready to listen, root out racism and regain the trust of minorities. Here’s how.
A Surgical Emergency Exposes the Crisis of the Young and Uninsured When a patient looked anxious before emergency surgery, it turned out he was worried about the hospital bill because he was uninsured. The Doctor Weighs In
The volume of calls to hospital call centers has led to an industrialized approach thereby sacrificing the human touch and personal connection between doctors and patients. Ironically, artificial intelligence can help to rekindle that by handling call center calls more efficiently.
Despite a 20-year head start, providers still fall short of HIPAA requirements around fulfilling patient requests for their medical records. In light of the federal information blocking rules, providers should first examine their compliance with HIPAA and then address the new demands imposed by the… Read More »Compliance with HIPAA may offer some clues on how providers will fare with new info blocking rules
The Texas-based health system first sued the staffing firm for “price gouging” amid the Covid-19 pandemic, as wages for nurses shot up from $75 to $160. But the firm countersued, claiming that Steward — which owes Aya over $40 million — previously did not raise… Read More »Steward Health v Aya Healthcare: 4 things to know
These innovations have not only made medical check-ups safer, but they’ve also helped modernize and improve the patient journey. These technologies automated many archaic administrative functions and offered medical practices genuine savings – in terms of both time and money.
Together, the Tennessee-based health system and health technology company will develop solutions to help clinicians detect diseases faster. The new agreement builds on an existing partnership that focuses on earlier diagnoses for lung cancer.
As telehealth becomes mainstream, seniors will be forced to adapt – but we as healthcare providers have a duty to make this process as seamless as possible, so one of our most vulnerable populations does not get left behind.
Research conducted by the Cleveland Clinic and Massachusetts-based startup Health Data Analytics Institute (HDAI) measured the difference in mortality during the pandemic between people covered by Medicare in long-term care facilities and in the community. While a Covid-19 diagnosis increased deaths in both settings, there… Read More »Cleveland Clinic researchers measure pandemic’s effect on Medicare population
In order to gain insight into how organizations are thinking about digitizing medical documents and the strategy behind those decisions, we’re conducting a brief survey of the MedCity News audience and will publish a report based on this survey’s findings.
Mayo Clinic struck joint ventures with two startups to develop and commercialize AI diagnostic tools. It’s part of a broader plan by Mayo Clinic to develop more AI tools to support clinical decisions.
Federal officials announced new measures to help get fresh, new N95 masks to health care workers and expand their use in other industries after scientists argued that the highly protective masks are essential to keep workers safe from covid-19. Use Our Content It can be… Read More »A Year Into Pandemic, Federal Officials Design New Mask Guidelines to Better Protect More Workers
Though the price transparency rule aims to make it easier for healthcare consumers to compare prices, there is a lack of standardization in how hospitals present the data, making it hard for consumers to shop around for care, a new analysis shows.
Cohere Health raised $36 million in a Series B funding round less than two years after its inception. It will use the new funds to expand its prior authorization platform and integrate health plan benefits to eliminate missed opportunities for care.
In early 2013, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Orange County, California, joined with St. Joseph Health, a local Catholic hospital chain, amid enthusiastic promises that their affiliation would broaden access to care and improve the health of residents across the community. This story also ran… Read More »Orange County Hospital Seeks Divorce From Large Catholic Health System
In a year when covid-19 shattered the pleas of so many who prayed for miracles, a Georgia man with two new lungs is among the fortunate. Mark Buchanan, of Roopville, received a double-lung transplant in October, nearly three months after covid left him hospitalized and… Read More »Covid Spawns ‘Completely New Category’ of Organ Transplants
Though the number of merger and acquisition deals in the first quarter of 2021 fell below historical averages, the size of the deals was far bigger than the same period last year, a new report from Kaufman Hall shows. The total transacted revenue was $8.8… Read More »Report: Fewer health system M&A deals in Q1 2021 offset by larger transactions
Historically, providers had to meet certain criteria and address three key areas in the patient’s progress notes: patient history, physical exam and medical decision making. CMS has eliminated the history and exam components as required elements for billing purposes, so medical decision making is now… Read More »How CMS final rule will impact E/M coding and documentation requirements
Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. Glucose Monitors Can Benefit All Types I disagree with the negative tone of a recent KHN article about whether continuous glucose… Read More »Readers and Tweeters Give Tips on Treating Diabetes and Long Covid
The HHS’ new interoperability and information blocking rules have been in effect for one week, yet how they will be enforced is unclear. But there are some clues that could provide a glimpse into what the enforcement landscape might look like, and the best thing… Read More »Enforcement landscape for HHS data-sharing rules is hazy, experts say
Several healthcare entities that used Accellion’s file transfer software now find themselves the victims of a data breach, including Trinity Health. The software had vulnerabilities that were exploited by cybercriminals, resulting in the exposure of personal health information.
Analysis: Hospital Price Transparency Data Lacks Standardization, Limiting Its Use to Insurers, Employers, and Consumers
In spite of a new price transparency rule that requires hospitals to publish the prices of common health services, comparing prices across hospitals remains challenging due to limited compliance with the law and a lack of standardization in the available data, a new KFF analysis… Read More »Analysis: Hospital Price Transparency Data Lacks Standardization, Limiting Its Use to Insurers, Employers, and Consumers
A new issue brief examines compliance with a new federal price transparency rule and variation in payer-negotiated rates at U.S. hospitals. The analysis looks at the websites of the two largest hospitals in each state and the District of Columbia, and finds that a lack… Read More »Early Results from Federal Price Transparency Rule Show Difficultly in Estimating the Cost of Care
Though a majority of healthcare workers believe that the pandemic is at least somewhat under control now, about half still feel anxious or burned out when going to work, a new survey shows. Pandemic-related stress has also given rise to physical issues among healthcare workers,… Read More »Poll: About half of healthcare workers feel burned out, anxious when going to work
Quality of care is difficult to measure. Even if you had a perfect measure of quality in terms of health outcomes, risk adjustment is imperfect. For instance, academic medical centers are often assumed to have high quality, but actual outcomes observed in the data may… Read More »Measuring Hospital Quality
As Covid-19 cases started escalating last April, providers in hotspot states, like New York, California and Washington, had to quickly pivot their IT plans. These are some of the decisions that five health IT leaders made — aside from expanding telehealth — that helped their… Read More »The key IT decisions that helped providers survive April 2020
The conference highlights the intersections of technology and life sciences through the prism of precision medicine. The topics at the conference span pediatric innovation in precision medicine, how tech companies are addressing clinical trial challenges, supply chain management, and more.
Nonprofit hospitals get substantial tax subsidies with the expectation that they will provide higher levels of charity care to needy patients. But these hospitals spend less on charity care than their for-profit counterparts, a new analysis shows.
The drugmaker struck a collaboration agreement with Mass General to use its platform for heart failure and asthma management. The health system plans to launch two pilots of the digital health platform.
Vaccine hesitancy is still a challenge to providers’ immunization plans. Florida-based AdventHealth is bringing the might of AI technology — specifically machine learning and natural language processing — to combat the issue.
A group of healthcare stakeholders in Oregon signed a compact that aims to spread advanced value-based payment models across the state. Though it is not legally binding, the agreement sets a target to tie 70% of healthcare payments to value within the next four years.
The News Leaders Association (NLA) awarded KFF’s Kaiser Health News (KHN) and Guardian US the 2021 Batten Medal for Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for their year-long “Lost on the Frontline” investigation documenting the lives of more than 3,600 health care workers in the U.S.… Read More »KHN and Guardian US Win Batten Medal for “Lost on the Frontline”
Last May, Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest nonprofit hospital system in Texas, laid off 1,200 employees and furloughed others as it braced for the then-novel coronavirus to spread. The cancellation of lucrative elective procedures as the hospital pivoted to treat a new and… Read More »Despite Covid, Many Wealthy Hospitals Had a Banner Year With Federal Bailout
Three-year-old Elizabeth Zakutansky was born with a rare genetic condition that causes multiple seizures. Her neurologist, a top expert on treating her condition, practices at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, less than an hour’s drive from the Zakutanskys’ home in Hobart, Indiana. Her parents would… Read More »Families With Sick Kids on Medicaid Seek Easier Access to Out-of-State Hospitals
As the pandemic rages on, the other major public health crisis in recent history has not ebbed. The opioid epidemic is worsening, but providers have kept their eye on the ball and are continuing their efforts to treat opioid use disorder and curb unnecessary prescriptions.… Read More »How providers are tackling a crisis within a crisis — the opioid epidemic
The pandemic has upended virtually every industry, and although many of the impacts are undeniably devastating, negative events can also offer opportunities for positive change, by highlighting existing problems and eliminating roadblocks to new solutions.
Though telehealth will continue to account for a large portion of healthcare IT budgets in 2021, there are other technology-based services driving provider interest. These range from cloud deployment to vaccine scheduling solutions as providers navigate the new landscape created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The HHS’ information blocking rule goes into effect Monday, and for nearly a year, providers and IT vendors have been racing to prepare. But they have faced several hurdles along the way, including figuring out how to handle scenarios that could make them non-compliant.
The healthcare provider and technology giant have entered into a 10-year partnership that will leverage AI, cloud and quantum computing capabilities to accelerate research. The collaboration will include the first private-sector installation of the IBM Quantum System One.
The Washington-based health system has filed a lawsuit against EHR giant Cerner saying it intentionally misrepresented its products and services. Cerner’s systems did not operate as promised, leading to severe cash collection issues at Astria Health and forcing it into bankruptcy in 2019, the suit… Read More »Lawsuit: Cerner systems’ failure drove Astria Health into bankruptcy
Advocate Aurora Health has launched a subsidiary focused on making investments in companies that enhance health and wellbeing. The subsidiary has already made its first move, leading a $25 million funding round for a telenutrition provider.
Kyunghee Lee’s right hand hurts all the time. She spent decades running a family dry cleaning store outside Cleveland after emigrating from South Korea 40 years ago. She still freelances as a seamstress, although work has slowed amid the covid-19 pandemic. This story also ran… Read More »Her Doctor’s Office Moved One Floor Up. Her Bill Was 10 Times Higher.
A top executive at Chicago-based Loretto Hospital has resigned after controversy surrounding vaccination events held at businesses with close ties to him. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said an independent investigation needs to be conducted.
KHN has put together an interactive tool of significant health policies implemented by the Trump administration using its own authority — executive orders, agency guidance or formal regulations — and is tracking Biden administration and court actions. We will update this chart as actions are… Read More »The Great Undoing: Which of Trump’s Policies Will Biden Reverse?
A new report from the HHS’ Office of Inspector General lays bare the varied challenges hospitals faced in the past year — and continue to face. These range from challenges in healthcare delivery to staffing shortages to shaky finances.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra may have won a narrow confirmation to be the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, but if his past is any indication, his agenda will be bold when it comes to reining in pharma companies, boosting the Affordable Care… Read More »The “biggest thorn in President Trump’s side” is now HHS Secretary. What’s next?
Orange. Eucalyptus. Lavender. Peppermint. Doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Seattle Children’s Hospital will use scents like these to treat children who lost their sense of smell to covid-19. Parents will attend clinics and go home with a set of essential oils for their child… Read More »Nosing In on Kids Who Had Covid and Lost Their Sense of Smell
Medicare sequestration is making headlines this week, as legislation to pause the 2% payment cuts moves through Congress. Here is a recap of what the sequester cuts are, why hospitals want it gone and how lawmakers are working to make that happen.
A new digital health company — spun out from Providence’s Digital Innovation Group — has raised $20 million in its first funding round. The company offers a platform that aims to help providers coordinate and manage digital care services.
A cost-saving change in Medicare launched in the final days of the Trump administration will cut payments to hospitals for some surgical procedures while potentially raising costs and confusion for patients. This story also ran on The Washington Post. It can be republished for free.… Read More »Under New Cost-Cutting Medicare Rule, Same Surgery, Same Place, Different Bill
The American Hospital Association is urging the Justice Department to thoroughly review UnitedHealth’s intended acquisition of Change Healthcare. The transaction would reduce competition in the health IT arena and result in higher prices and lower quality of care, the hospital group says.
The Covid-19 pandemic has decimated hospital finances, and as a result, rural providers are forced to make key IT spending decisions with limited dollars. Here is a snapshot of how they will prioritize those dollars this year and the federal support they need to survive… Read More »Rural hospitals contend with an expensive shift to digital amid shrinking margins
Reflecting on lessons learned from the pandemic, healthcare leaders pointed to the lack of coordination and glaring health disparities that hampered the U.S. pandemic response. Going forward, they hope to see future change in the healthcare system.
In an interview with MedCity News, Hospital Sisters Health System’s Director of Quality Bill Cox discussed the types of technology the 15-hospital system is using to enhance patient safety and why a systemwide strategy and culture shift is necessary for successful IT deployment.
There is a growing demand for centralized care for Covid-19 long-haulers — that is, patients who had Covid-19 and recovered but continue to experience symptoms. Health systems are setting up clinics specifically for this patient population, which comes with its own set of opportunities and… Read More »Covid-19 long-hauler clinics offer a ‘medical home’ for patients on uncharted journey
The healthcare analytics company will use the funds, raised in a Series C financing round, to scale its cloud-based platform that offers providers, payers and pharma companies insights to inform business decision-making.
Healthcare providers pushed to the brink after a year of the Covid-19 pandemic are tired, burned out, and even suffering the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
While Covid-19 requires physicians and hospitals to be more efficient than ever, a number of legal structures must be considered before providers consolidate their resources. To optimize patient care and ensure rapid payment for services, avoid running afoul of these sometimes counterintuitive regulatory schemes.
The federal price transparency rule for hospitals went into effect Jan. 1, but a new analysis shows that a majority of providers studied were “unambiguously noncompliant.”
For providers and payers, a limited budget is the biggest hurdle to executing their data strategy, followed by disparate data sources and the quality of data available, according to a new survey that includes responses from 200 healthcare leaders.
He was the first hospital official to question the use of an unregulated vitamin injection linked to the deaths of 38 infants. He died of coronavirus complications.
He was the first hospital official to question the use of an unregulated vitamin injection linked to the deaths of 38 infants. He died of coronavirus complications.
He was the first hospital official to question the use of an unregulated vitamin injection linked to the deaths of 38 infants. He died of coronavirus complications.
Sutter would pay $575 million, and would have to limit out-of-network costs and cease “all-or-nothing” contracting with health plans, according to the settlement.
Microsoft’s latest eBook offers a look at how technology can help organizations meet patients’ changing expectations and provide personalized care.
As our nation continues to fight a global pandemic, the need for access to affordable and quality health care feels even more pressing. This is especially true for vulnerable patients who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. That’s why it has never been more important… Read More »Getting the 340B program back on track in 2021
The rise in cybercrime is a significant concern among healthcare stakeholders. But defending against these types of attacks is not as complicated as it is often made out to be and can be narrowed to two key steps: deploying multi-factor authentication and staff training.
In a wide-ranging interview, UAB Health System CIO Joan Hicks shared some of the projects on her list for the year ahead, and how remote work has affected her team as well as IT hiring prospects in Alabama.
A group of healthcare stakeholders — Amazon Care, Intermountain Healthcare and Ascension, to name a few — has created an alliance to advocate for home-based care services through policy changes.
This story also ran on USA Today. It can be republished for free. A slumber party to celebrate Delaney DePue’s 15th birthday last summer marked a new chapter — one defined by illness and uncertainty. The teen from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, tested positive for… Read More »Children’s Hospitals Grapple With Young Covid ‘Long Haulers’
Verily become part of a six-year collaboration between Google Cloud and Highmark Health. A big part of the partnership will be Verily’s platform for managing chronic conditions, Onduo.
Prior authorization is a massive and growing problem for patients and providers, and regulation is not likely to solve it completely or anytime soon.
The Federal Trade Commission is no longer opposing the proposed merger between Einstein Healthcare Network and Jefferson Health. Nearly three years after it was first announced, the deal can now move forward uncontested and will result in an 18-hospital system.
After a challenging 2020, health systems are looking to deploy strategies for recovery, especially to bolster financial health. One strategy health executives are considering is investing in predictive modeling technology that can help them manage patient demand and outcomes in the coming year.
The health system and payer are joining forces to offer Medicare Advantage patients access to Mercy’s telehealth center. They also plan to implement a value-based payment model, tying reimbursement for Mercy clinicians to care quality measures.
Despite a lifelong struggle with panic attacks, Divya Singh made a brave move across the world last fall from her home in Mumbai, India. She enrolled at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, to study physics and explore an interest in standup comedy in Manhattan.… Read More »College Tuition Sparked a Mental Health Crisis. Then the Hefty Hospital Bill Arrived.
A new report from Kaufman Hall examines two potential financial situations for hospitals in 2021 — one optimistic, and the other bleak. Hospitals could lose between $53 billion and $122 billion depending on which scenario plays out.
UCSF’s interactive data platform allows users to drill down into 150 social determinants of health variables. This data, layered with EHR data, can give researchers and clinicians invaluable insights into the nexus of social factors and health.
The HHS amendment is meant to vaccinate Americans as quickly as possible. This could be an incredible turning point in offering additional support for our frontline workforce or, if not executed correctly, could add additional and unnecessary stress to a field already experiencing widespread burnout.
Alexandra Morehouse, chief marketing officer at Banner Health, spoke to MedCity News about how the 29-hospital system made changes to patients’ digital experience amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the types of technology that helped drive the changes.
Particularly at the point of care, we have the means and resources to directly inform, educate and offer service to those who have been marginalized across multiple demographic intersections of race, ethnicity and income.
Stamford Health has partnered with city and state officials and community organizations to execute its Covid-19 vaccine administration plans. The health system has ambitious plans to vaccinate 3,000 people a day, with a focus on health equity.
As Texas reels from a devasting winter storm, HHS is issuing several waivers to help hospitals continue to provide care amid mounting challenges. These waivers allow non-compliance with certain HIPAA provisions and other federal regulations.
Vivor CEO and Co-founder Ian Manners talks about the origins of the financial assistance startup and their mission to eliminate out-of-pocket costs as a barrier to care.
The health system and tech giant are more than a year into their 10-year collaboration. As their partnership evolves, the organizations are looking to create an “AI factory” — an assembly line of AI solutions that are developed at scale and incorporated into clinical workflows.
Cases are down and vaccine distributions have begun in full swing across the nation, but there is still a worry about future surges with new variants of the SARS-CoV2 virus that are now in the U.S.
The MedCity INVEST conference, April 19-23, will include a new session called Ask the Investor. The goal is to provide a forum for healthcare startups to better understand investment strategies for different groups and to ask investors questions.
Use Our Content It can be republished for free. The federal government has penalized 774 hospitals for having the highest rates of patient infections or other potentially avoidable medical complications. Those hospitals, which include some of the nation’s marquee medical centers, will lose 1% of… Read More »Medicare Cuts Payment to 774 Hospitals Over Patient Complications
Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Marilyn Bartlett might be the closest thing health policy has to a folk hero. A certified public accountant who barely tops 5 feet, Bartlett bears zero resemblance to Paul Bunyan. But she did take an ax… Read More »Montana’s Health Policy MVP Takes Her Playbook on the Road
Humacyte is going public via a SPAC merger that infuses it with $255 million for its regenerative medicine pipeline. The biotech’s technology produces universally implantable tissue that functions like human blood vessels.
There were nearly 600 healthcare data breaches in 2020, a 55% jump from 2019, a new report shows. Not only did the number of data breaches spike in the past year, but the average cost per breach increased by about 10%.
Addressing the missing link in value-based care: Timely, contextualized data in the workflow [Sponsored]
In an interview, Holon Solutions CEO Jon Zimmerman shared some insights on his 40-year career and how his experience aided the development of Holon’s approach to precision information delivery.
Editor’s note: KHN wrote about St. James Parish Hospital in April, when it was experiencing its first surge of covid-19 patients. Ten months later, we checked in to see how the hospital and its staff were faring. This story also ran on The Guardian. It… Read More »Rural Hospital Remains Entrenched in Covid ‘War’ Even Amid Vaccine Rollout
As of September 2020, about a third of Americans said they delayed or avoided medical care due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report. That figure shoots up to 40% among Americans with chronic conditions, which means providers need to work harder to… Read More »Report: 40% of chronically ill Americans delayed care during pandemic
Of all populations, our veterans need—and deserve—the best quality care available. Virtual care technology and remote monitoring devices are easy to implement, cost-effective solutions that remove barriers and make that care possible.
A recent report from the Epic Health Research Network shows that amid a steep drop in emergency department visits during the Covid-19 pandemic, there was an increase in the number of ED patients who needed to be hospitalized.
In an unusual move, 14 major providers — including Trinity Health, CommonSpirit Health and Tenet — have come together to launch a data analytics company. Insights derived from the company’s platform will be available to providers, biopharma companies and scientific researchers working to advance patient… Read More »14 major health systems launch data insights company
Beaumont Health’s CIO Hans Keil spoke with MedCity News about the incident where an unknown user publicly shared a link to access its Covid-19 vaccination scheduling services, the safeguards the health system has put into place since and what his team’s IT priorities are for… Read More »Behind the scenes of Beaumont’s Covid-19 vaccination scheduling breach
The Chief Information Officer of LifeBridge Health talks about how CIOs are redefining digital access for consumers and why it’s important that CIOs have a say when their organization evaluates new partnerships or platforms.
The Missouri-based health system and payer have entered into a new cooperative care agreement that aims to reduce costs while improving both outcomes and patient experience. The agreement includes a closer alignment between clinical care and reimbursement as well as increased data flow between Mercy… Read More »Mercy, Anthem ink agreement to enhance care, drive down costs
Paging Dr. Burnout: How to alleviate physician administrative burden and still reach value-based care goals
Engaging and listening to physician leadership early and often can make the VBC transition smoother and less complex over time for both providers and payers.
La pandemia ha hecho recaer a miles de alcohólicos en recuperación, y los hospitales del país informan de un aumento espectacular de ingresos relacionados con el alcohol y enfermedades graves, como la hepatitis alcohólica y la insuficiencia hepática. Las enfermedades hepáticas relacionadas con el alcoholismo… Read More »La pandemia genera abuso de alcohol, y récord de hospitalizaciones por enfermedad hepática
This story also ran on Los Angeles Times. It can be republished for free. As the pandemic sends thousands of recovering alcoholics into relapse, hospitals across the country have reported dramatic increases in alcohol-related admissions for critical diseases like alcoholic hepatitis and liver failure. Alcoholism-related… Read More »Pandemic-Fueled Alcohol Abuse Creates Wave of Hospitalizations for Liver Disease
The Office of the Inspector General will audit Medicare Part B telehealth services to detect potential vulnerabilities and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. To prepare, providers must first take stock of their programs and conduct audits of their own, experts say.
We need health systems to improve teamwork and communication by implementing clear processes that are supported by user-friendly platforms.
Providers are the most common targets for cyber criminals attacking the healthcare industry, and now, two major health systems have added their names to the list of recent data breach victims. The recently divulged information breaches affected 255,000 individuals.
A new playbook from WELL™ Health offers hospitals a roadmap during this public health crisis for providing efficient and timely patient communication including appointments, virtual care, testing, and more.
Patient volumes were uneven in 2020, and a new report shows volumes will likely remain below pre-pandemic levels in 2021. This indicates challenges for hospitals looking to stabilize their finances — but there are some key strategies that can help.
Astrata, a spinout of UPMC’s innovation arm, has developed natural language processing tools that can help providers and payers adhere to quality measures. This can, in turn, help healthcare organizations bolster their finances as reimbursement is increasingly being tied to these measures.
Two cardiologists claimed they were fired from Tenet’s Detroit Medical Center for raising concerns about patient care, though the medical center says they were let go for behaving unprofessionally. Following an arbitration process, a federal court in Michigan has ruled that Tenet must pay the… Read More »Tenet ordered to pay $10M+ to fired physicians, restore medical privileges
This summarizes key provisions of the No Surprises Act, enacted in December 2020 to address the problem of unexpected medical bills, and issues that could arise during implementation ahead of its Jan. 1, 2022 effective date.
The California-based healthcare organization will work with Accenture and Microsoft to grow and strengthen its cloud capabilities. The enhancements are expected to help Kaiser provide its care teams with data insights to personalize patient care.
Amid unrelenting surges of Covid-19 cases, healthcare organizations like MultiCare Health System had to reconfigure their operations to manage capacity. In an interview, Dr. Michael Meyers, a MultiCare physician executive, describes how the health system leveraged technology to help it move through the different phases… Read More »MultiCare physician exec: The good news is we have tech on our side to manage hospital capacity
An unknown user publicly shared a link to access Beaumont’s Epic-enabled vaccination scheduling services, which resulted in 2,700 people making unauthorized appointments for a Covid-19 vaccine. The Michigan-based health system had to shut down its vaccination scheduling services and cancel the appointments.
This story also ran on Daily Beast. It can be republished for free. When administrators at Hillsdale College, a conservative liberal-arts school in Michigan, heard its local hospital didn’t have a way to store the Pfizer-BioNTech covid vaccine, they offered the use of its science… Read More »How a Bounty of Vaccines Flooded a Small Hospital and Its Nearby College
The New York City-based health system implemented Current Health’s remote patient monitoring solution to enhance its cancer care services. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, cancer care has been severely delayed, and the health system aims to provide more consistent care to this patient group through the… Read More »How Mount Sinai is using tech to support cancer patients amid the pandemic
In America’s health care system, dominated by hospital chain leviathans, New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, is an anomaly. It is a publicly owned hospital that boasts good care at lower prices than most and still flourishes financially. Nonetheless, New Hanover County… Read More »If This Self-Sufficient Hospital Cannot Stand Alone, Can Any Public Hospital Survive?
Mass General Hospital Doc on MedCity Pivot podcast: In some cases, virtual care is better than in-person care
Dr. Ami Bhatt, a cardiologist at Mass General Hospital, says there are situations in which virtual care alone may work better than in-person care, but it would be a mistake to pit in-person care against virtual care.
The vaccine distribution process has begun and providers are figuring out how to make sure the doses are administered quickly, equitably and in a coordinated manner. Here is a snapshot of the IT strategies that providers are employing to achieve their vaccine administration goals.
According to a national survey of health information exchanges, EHR vendors and health systems commonly engage in information blocking. Insights from the survey can help the HHS enforce its soon-to-be implemented information blocking rules, researchers say.
The solution will connect providers with social services organizations, enabling the secure exchange of messages, referrals and personal health information. The FHIR-based technology can help providers factor in social determinants of health when caring for their patients.
SACRAMENTO — As intensive care units filled and coronavirus cases surged over the holidays, Carmela Coyle invoked a World War II-era quote attributed to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to rally her own troops: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Coyle is head of… Read More »California’s Top Hospital Lobbyist Cements Influence in Covid Crisis
In a wide-ranging interview, Mount Sinai Health System CIO Kristin Myers shared key lessons learned in 2020, plans for the year ahead and what she thinks a Biden presidency means for health IT policy.
Cybersecurity will continue to be a major issue for providers in the year ahead. According to CareJourney President Aneesh Chopra, the most common factors putting providers at risk are their employees and being unable to track data flow.
An appellate court lifted a $4.3 million HIPAA fine imposed on the Texas-based cancer care center two years ago for losing the personal health information of more than 33,000 people.
A group of organizations have come together to work on a solution that will provide digital access to Covid-19 vaccination records. As the country eyes a challenging transition to the new normal, a verifiable vaccine record will be necessary to ensure individual and community safety.
The video-sharing giant is partnering with providers and groups, like Mayo Clinic and the American Public Health Association, to create evidence-based health content. YouTube has also added CVS Health’s former chief community health officer to lead those efforts.
Meditech continues to hold the largest EMR market share in Canada, but it is losing customers — mostly to Epic, which has seen a rapid rise in popularity, a new KLAS report shows. The report delves into market share data and customer satisfaction insights to… Read More »Epic v Cerner v Meditech v Allscripts: Who is winning Canada’s EHR Battle?
Analysis Examines the Implications of Price Transparency for Providers and Patients as New Rules Go into Effect
A new KFF analysis examines how new federal rules on price transparency for health services may affect patient decision-making and market pricing. As of January 1, 2021, the United States Department of Health and Human Services requires that hospitals publish payer-negotiated rates for common services… Read More »Analysis Examines the Implications of Price Transparency for Providers and Patients as New Rules Go into Effect
A new Peterson-KFF analysis examines the potential impact of new federal price transparency rules on patient decision-making and market pricing for health services. The brief also includes new analysis of geographic variation in health prices.
Dr. Andrew Carroll — a family doctor in Chandler, Arizona — wants to help his patients get immunized against covid, so he paid more than $4,000 to buy an ultra-low-temperature freezer from eBay needed to store the Pfizer vaccine. But he’s not sure he’ll get… Read More »Feeling Left Out: Private Practice Doctors, Patients Wonder When It’s Their Turn for Vaccine
Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Last week, after finishing inoculations of some front-line hospital staff, Jupiter Medical Center was left with 40 doses of precious covid vaccine. So, officials offered shots to the South Florida hospital’s board of directors and their… Read More »Hospitals’ Rocky Rollout of Covid Vaccine Sparks Questions of Fairness
In a wide-ranging discussion at J.P. Morgan’s Annual Healthcare Conference, former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt talked about the future of the ACA, telehealth and Medicare Advantage with a Democrat-led House, Senate and presidency.
The CDC has engaged the California-based health system’s Vaccine Study Center to conduct an analysis of its Covid-19 vaccine data with the aim of pinpointing adverse events and reactions. The collaboration will continue for the next three years.
This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. The nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, declared on March 6 — by filing the official paperwork — that they were ready to vote on the prospect of joining a national… Read More »Health Workers Unions See Surge in Interest Amid Covid
Illinois and Chicago officials are trying to figure out how to stop a private company from closing a money-losing urban hospital in a poor, underserved Chicago neighborhood. Trinity Health, a national Catholic tax-exempt chain, wants to close Mercy Hospital and Medical Center on Chicago’s Near… Read More »An Urban Hospital on the Brink Vs. the Officials Sworn to Save It
A subsidiary of Northwell Health is partnering with Whole Foods Market to offer its New York-based employees access to seven primary care locations. The supermarket chain’s employees will not be subject to a deductible or co-pay.
This story also ran on U.S. News & World Report. It can be republished for free. Keely Connolly thought she would be safe once the ambulance arrived at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center in Kansas. She was having difficulty breathing because she’d had to miss a… Read More »One Ambulance Ride Leads to Another When Packed Hospitals Cannot Handle Non-Covid Patients
States will get some much needed support to roll out a coronavirus vaccine. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services shared it would roll out $22 billion in funding to support state testing and vaccination efforts.
The lack of access to personal protective equipment is an ongoing issue in the U.S., particularly among smaller, non-hospital facilities. But doctor-led PPE collection and distribution groups are tackling the problem head on.
A new report, from cybersecurity firm Fortified Health Security, shows that nearly 200 more data breaches occurred in the first 10 months of 2020 compared with the year prior — around 80% of which targeted providers.
In response to the spike in demand for virtual care services amid the Covid-19 pandemic, UCLA Health developed telehealth-specific triage protocols to ensure their patients are getting care through the appropriate medium — whether in person or via a video visit. Here’s how they did… Read More »How UCLA Health incorporated telehealth into its triage protocol
As Los Angeles hospitals give record numbers of covid patients oxygen, the systems and equipment needed to deliver the life-sustaining gas are faltering. It’s gotten so bad that Los Angeles County officials are warning paramedics to conserve it. Some hospitals are having to delay releasing… Read More »In Los Angeles and Beyond, Oxygen Is the Latest Covid Bottleneck
In this webinar on Feb. 10,healthcare experts from Desert Oasis Healthcare and iRhythm Technologies will discuss how Zio monitors, designed to be worn for longer duration than holter monitors, represent a new standard of care in remote cardiac monitoring.
In an effort to ensure the efficient and orderly distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine, governors from New York, California and Florida are warning that they will take action against providers who are conducting vaccinations too slowly or healthcare workers who undercut priority guidelines.
Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Krissy Williams, 15, had attempted suicide before, but never with pills. The teen was diagnosed with schizophrenia when she was 9. People with this chronic mental health condition perceive reality differently and often experience hallucinations and… Read More »Children’s Hospitals Grapple With Wave of Mental Illness
Hospitals face the new year with new requirements to post price information they have long sought to obscure: the actual prices negotiated with insurers and the discounts they offer their cash-paying customers. The move is part of a larger push by the Trump administration to… Read More »Hospital Prices Just Got a Lot More Transparent. What Does This Mean for You?
A group of hospitals have sued HHS Secretary Alex Azar, arguing he should reverse a policy that prevents hospitals from getting reimbursed for Medicare-related bad debts pending at outside collection agencies. The policy has raised hospital debt payments by about $1.35 million, the lawsuit claims.
Behind the scenes: How health systems, EHR vendors will give patients unprecedented access to their data
Health systems and EHR vendors have been working for months to comply with the ONC’s final rule on interoperability and information blocking that goes into effect in April and is expected to grant patients unprecedented access to their health information. Here is a look at… Read More »Behind the scenes: How health systems, EHR vendors will give patients unprecedented access to their data
COLUMBIA, Mo. — A memory haunts Christina Fuhrman: the image of her toddler Pearl lying pale and listless in a hospital bed, tethered to an IV to keep her hydrated as she struggled against a superbug infection. “She survived by the grace of God,” Fuhrman… Read More »Children’s Hospitals Are Partly to Blame as Superbugs Increasingly Attack Kids
Funeral director Kevin Spitzer has been overwhelmed with covid-related deaths in the small city of Aberdeen, South Dakota. He and his two colleagues at the Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home have been working 12-15 hours a day, seven days a week, to keep up with the demand… Read More »‘Last Responders’ Brace for Surge in Covid Deaths Across US
The financial futures of U.S. hospitals remain shaky, as Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations surge with alarming speed nationwide. Though vaccines are being distributed, the coming months will be challenging for hospitals, a new report from Kaufman Hall shows.
A federal appeals court has ruled against hospital groups in their legal challenge to the CMS regulation that would require hospitals to make pricing information publicly available. The rule is set to take effect Jan. 1.
An API-first approach supports low-code solutions, and that is of immense value to healthcare facilities right now.
In a wide-ranging interview with MedCity News, Cerner CommunityWorks President Mitchell Clark discussed the healthcare challenges facing rural communities amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the company’s new free offering that aims to support rural telehealth.
Covid-19 made an already challenging healthcare system even harder to navigate. If we want the industry to come back stronger than before, then we must ask ourselves, “What is healthcare’s next act?”
AR tools will see a massive boost in 2021 after a year in which its star grew. Here are some more trends that are poised to make 2021 a meaningful year for healthcare.
Many medics ‘frustrated’ about low priority given to frontline staff at high risk of infection Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Frontline NHS staff have been denied the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, leaving doctors alarmed and “scrabbling” to get immunised. A new survey reveals… Read More »NHS doctors ‘scrabbling’ to get vaccine amid alarm at Covid variant
Covid-19 provided everyone with a rare example of why it is so vital to communicate end-of-life wishes in a clear and easily accessible way.
The American Hospital Association and several other entities, including some hospitals, filed an emergency motion to block CMS from enforcing the hospital price transparency rule set to take effect Jan. 1. Provider groups are arguing that complying with the rule would shift focus away from… Read More »Provider groups, hospitals file motion to stop CMS from enforcing price transparency rule
While such treatments are promising, their use has been slowed by testing lags, overwhelmed hospitals and a perception the therapies are only for well-connected people.
While such treatments are promising, their use has been slowed by testing lags, overwhelmed hospitals and a perception the therapies are only for well-connected people.
While such treatments are promising, their use has been slowed by testing lags, overwhelmed hospitals and a perception the therapies are only for well-connected people.
The pandemic has slowed referrals to skilled nursing facilities as Covid-19 concerns result in longer transfers. An analysis by CarePort Health found that referrals to skilled nursing facilities were down by more than 17% in the fall.
This story also ran on The Guardian. It can be republished for free. Workers at Garfield Medical Center in suburban Los Angeles were on edge as the pandemic ramped up in March and April. Staffers in a 30-patient unit were rationing a single tub of… Read More »As the Terror of COVID Struck, Health Care Workers Struggled to Survive. Thousands Lost the Fight.
The initiative, called Freedom House 2.0, will provide emergency medical services training to people from economically disadvantaged communities. It aims to address social determinants of health as well as help support those who have experienced job losses amid the pandemic.
In addition to human empathy, we are also seeing a new “digital compassion” emerging as healthcare providers work to support patients in need during this uncertain time. Showing this kind of compassion has become easier as technology becomes more advanced and patient-centric in response to… Read More »Catching up on care post Covid-19 requires ‘digital compassion’
One tray of COVID-19 vaccine from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer contains 975 doses — way too many for a rural hospital in Arkansas. But with the logistical gymnastics required to safely get the Pfizer vaccine to rural health care workers, splitting the trays into smaller shipments… Read More »Inside the First Chaotic Days of the Effort to Vaccinate America
How much are hospital CEOs getting paid? A paper by Mulligan et al. (2020) provides the answer: Between 2010 and 2015, mean hospital CEO compensation (in 2015 US$…) increased 7.8%, from approximately $639,000 to $689,000 (p = .05), and median compensation increased from $431,000 to… Read More »Hospital CEO pay
Congress finally reached an agreement on a $900 billion stimulus package, which includes a ban on surprise medical billing. A previous, but very similar version of the bill, raised concerns among providers and payers.
USE OUR CONTENT It can be republished for free. In March, during the first week of the San Francisco Bay Area’s first-in-the-nation stay-at-home order, KHN spoke with emergency department physicians working on the front lines of the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, these doctors… Read More »‘Nine Months Into It, the Adrenaline Is Gone and It’s Just Exhausting’
As a result of rapid consolidation, the 10 biggest health systems controlled 24% of market share based on patient revenue by 2018. The trend is expected to continue through the next decade, with health systems facing growing financial pressures and an increase in demand for… Read More »Financial strain, new modes of care delivery to drive provider consolidation through 2030
Here is our attempt to capture this bewildering and memorable year by highlighting the phenomena and personalities who made it so.
The academic medical center collaborated with GE Healthcare to set up the first virtual intensive care unit program in the state, which will help the organization extend its critical care expertise across rural areas and manage bed capacity amid climbing Covid-19 cases.
Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, a 600-bed public hospital on L.A.’s Eastside, has no more ICU beds available as the Covid-19 tears through Southern California.
USE OUR CONTENT It can be republished for free. She lay behind a glass barrier, heavily sedated, kept alive by a machine that blew oxygen into her lungs through a tube taped to her mouth and lodged at the back of her throat. She had… Read More »No More ICU Beds at the Main Public Hospital in the Nation’s Largest County as COVID Surges
The health system and payer will coordinate care for eligible Medicare Advantage patients through the ACO, with the aim of improving health outcomes and reducing costs. The ACO expands a long-standing relationship between the two entities.
An advisory group’s recommendation will mean millions more Americans can be inoculated, extending protection against Covid beyond big urban areas into rural and suburban regions.
Correcting the record: Biopharmaceutical companies remain committed to the 340B program and helping patients
The New York Times recently ran a story that paints an inaccurate picture of the 340B program, contract pharmacy participation in the program and the biopharmaceutical industry’s commitment to the program. Today, we’re correcting the record. Fact: Manufacturers are still giving the 340B discounts, as… Read More »Correcting the record: Biopharmaceutical companies remain committed to the 340B program and helping patients
The insurer, which also owns Allegheny Health Network, struck a six-year strategic partnership with Google Cloud, which includes building out a new platform to help better manage patient care.
The newly created organization, dubbed OneTen, aims to create 1 million jobs for Black people over the next decade. Its founders include some big names in healthcare, such as Cleveland Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare and Humana.
The lawsuit follows action by at least a half-dozen drug companies to rein in what they see as waste and abuse in the program, overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services. Meanwhile, the Hospital plaintiffs have a potentially powerful ally in the person… Read More »Hospitals sue drug companies over discount program
Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. The demand for skilled nurses during the pandemic is through the roof! Travel nurses command a hefty salary and they… Read More »Readers and Tweeters Defend Front-Line Nurses and Blind Us With Science
The EHR giant is planning to buy Kantar Health, which provides data, analytics and research to the life sciences industry. Through the acquisition, Cerner aims to provide its clients with more access to data analytics and research expertise and engagement with life sciences companies.
The health technology company raised a whopping $130 million in a Series D funding round. Its solutions aim to improve operational efficiency and better manage patient volume through predictive analytics, a growing need for providers as Covid-19 cases rise.
As 2020 draws to a close, healthcare providers are strategizing for the new year and the new normal. Providers will need to retool their telehealth efforts and prepare to meet a burgeoning mental crisis, among other issues.
Si existe una cita con el destino, está escrita en el calendario del doctor Taison Bell. Al mediodía del martes 15 de diciembre, Bell, especialista en cuidados intensivos del Sistema de Salud de la Universidad de Virginia será uno de los primeros en arremangarse para… Read More »Desafío en hospitales: a qué trabajadores de salud vacunar primero contra COVID
This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free. If there’s such a thing as a date with destiny, it’s marked on Dr. Taison Bell’s calendar. At noon Tuesday, Bell, a critical care physician, is scheduled to be one of the… Read More »Hospitals Scramble to Prioritize Which Workers Are First for COVID Shots
Last week I reviewed an article on some of the potential positives and negatives of large, integrated health systems. A recent 60 Minutes episode talks about some of the perils by examining how Sutter health system has become a near monopoly provider in Northern California.… Read More »The perils of health systems
As hospitals across the country weather a surge of Covid-19 patients, in Seattle — an […]
Distributing supplies is a daunting logistical challenge, involving sophisticated tracking equipment, military contingencies and tight security.
Multicare rolled out a hospital-at-home program with Denver-based startup Dispatch Health. The program will free up hospital beds and staff as Covid-19 cases surge across the U.S.
The COVID-19 Vaccination Assistant will provide information about the new vaccines to help allay fears among the U.S. public. It will also help people schedule their vaccinations and connect them with rideshare services to make it to their appointment.
Integrated delivery networks. IDNs. Accountable Care Organizations. ACOs. Systems of care. Health systems. Whatever you call them, many health policy experts claim that they are the best way for the U.S. health care system to deliver high quality care in a cost-effective manner. But is… Read More »On the promise and peril of health systems
The new Geographic Direct Contracting Model aims to improve quality of care and slash costs for Medicare beneficiaries across an entire region. It involves setting up risk-sharing arrangements where participants will be responsible for the total cost of care for beneficiaries in the region.
A subsidiary of Northwell Health has collaborated with the virtual care company to offer businesses a Covid-19 screening tool for their workers. The tool helps identify employees who may have been exposed to the new coronavirus or those showing symptoms of the disease and suggests… Read More »Northwell, Conversa Health join forces to provide employers with Covid-19 screening tool
The South Dakota-based health system has suspended talks related to its planned merger with Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare after the sudden departure of its CEO, Kelby Krabbenhoft. Sanford and its new CEO will instead focus on organizational needs, the system said.
The Ohio-based health system is working with three organizations to provide residents of Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood with access to high-speed internet at affordable prices. The collaboration aims to alleviate health disparities that arise from a lack of reliable access to the internet.
Kurt Papenfus, a doctor in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, started to feel sick around Halloween. He developed a scary cough, intestinal symptoms and a headache. In the midst of a pandemic, the news that he had COVID-19 wasn’t surprising, but Papenfus’ illness would have repercussions far… Read More »What Happened When the Only ER Doctor in a Rural Town Got COVID
Providing care for chronic disease patients during a one-in-a-century pandemic is full of challenges, but health systems like Jefferson Health are finding ways — with help from technology — to make sure their patients are getting the care they need.
As the winter surge picks up and cases skyrocket daily, health officials report that backup clinicians are becoming much harder to find.
Los hospitales en gran parte del país están tratando de hacer frente a un número sin precedentes de pacientes con COVID-19. El lunes 30 de noviembre hubo 96,039 internaciones a lo largo del país, un récord alarmante que supera con creces los dos picos anteriores… Read More »Con récord de internaciones por COVID, la crisis ahora es la falta de personal médico
This chart collection summarizes what is known so far about how health costs and utilization have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health spending is on track to be somewhat lower in 2020 than in 2019 – the first time that’s happened since the government started… Read More »How Have Health Care Utilization and Spending Changed So Far During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Hospitals in much of the country are trying to cope with unprecedented numbers of COVID-19 patients. As of Monday, 96,039 were hospitalized, an alarming record that far exceeds the two previous peaks in April and July of just under 60,000 inpatients. But beds and space… Read More »As Hospitals Fill With COVID Patients, Medical Reinforcements Are Hard to Find
The Boston-based hospital and digital therapeutics company are rolling out their co-developed remote monitoring solution across the country, which can help hospitals rapidly implement hospital-at-home programs. The announcement comes soon after CMS launched a program enabling health systems to provide hospital-level care at home for… Read More »Brigham and Women’s, Biofourmis launch hospital-at-home solution nationwide
As Walter Veal cared for residents at the Ludeman Developmental Center in suburban Chicago, he saw the potential future of his grandson, who has autism. This story also ran on The Guardian. It can be republished for free. So he took it on himself not… Read More »OSHA Let Employers Decide Whether to Report Health Care Worker Deaths. Many Didn’t.
AI-powered surveillance systems are helping health systems and public health agencies with their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The current health crisis offers a glimpse of how it may be possible to predict and prevent a range of chronic health concerns, including healthcare-associated infections.
CMS has finalized changes to the Physician Self-Referral Law, also known as Stark Law. Healthcare law experts say that these changes will generally make it easier for hospitals and physicians to remain in compliance with the statute.
The startup provides pharmacy delivery apps and services for health systems and telehealth companies, enabling prescriptions to be delivered to patients in two hours or less.
Registered nurse Pascaline Muhindura has spent the past eight months treating COVID patients at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. But when she returns home to her small town of Spring Hill, Kansas, she’s often stunned by what she sees, like on a recent stop… Read More »Rural Areas Send Their Sickest Patients to Cities, Straining Hospitals
For Christina Nester, the pandemic lull in Massachusetts lasted about three months through summer into early fall. In late June, St. Vincent Hospital had resumed elective surgeries, and the unit the 48-year-old nurse works on switched back from taking care of only COVID-19 patients to… Read More »For Nurses Feeling the Strain of the Pandemic, Virus Resurgence Is ‘Paralyzing’
DENVER — In March, Claire Tripeny was watching her dream job fall apart. She’d been working as an intensive care nurse at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado, and loved it, despite the mediocre pay typical for the region. But when COVID-19 hit, that calculation… Read More »Need a COVID-19 Nurse? That’ll Be $8,000 a Week
A survey of healthcare cybersecurity professionals by HIMSS details the most common types of cyber attacks, it’s impact on patient care as well as solutions hospitals and health systems have implemented to prevent falling prey to this type of criminal activity.
The health system and biotech company are collaborating to create a Covid-19 patient registry biobank, which will combine de-identified patient data and AI technology to identify characteristics and trends that have an impact on disease outcomes.
A mom of eight boys, Kim Gudgeon was at her wits’ end when she called her family doctor in suburban Chicago to schedule a sick visit for increasingly fussy, 1-year-old Bryce. He had been up at night and was disrupting his brothers’ e-learning during the… Read More »Parents Complain That Pediatricians, Wary of COVID, Shift Sick Kids to Urgent Care
I’m not proud to say that in the past, I’ve played a role in cutting behavioral health programs in an effort to navigate budget constraints and mitigate financial losses. But my perspective as a finance executive is not what it used to be.
Patients have signaled that they are ready for the digital revolution in healthcare, yet providers are still grappling with technology and disparate data.
The 51-hospital system and artificial intelligence company are building on their existing collaboration to deploy technology that will allow physicians to focus solely on their patients during visits.
With its choice of a new leader, the Florida Hospital Association has signaled that seeking legislative approval to expand Medicaid to nearly 850,000 uninsured adults won’t be among its top priorities. In October, Mary Mayhew became the association’s CEO. Mayhew, who led the state’s Medicaid… Read More »Florida’s New Hospital Industry Head Ran Medicaid in State and Fought Expansion