Improving patient safety and increasing the bottom line aren’t competing priorities. Here’s how hospitals can accomplish both objectives.
To keep critical revenue flowing, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers need to resume elective surgeries and procedures as quickly as possible and mobile apps can help by giving patients and staff vital information, provide advance symptom screening and help providers reduce elective procedure no-shows through… Read More »Technology can ease pandemic challenges faced by hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers
340B hospitals and for-profit pharmacies generating significant revenue from program meant to help needy patients
The 340B program – a safety-net federal drug program meant to help vulnerable Americans – has become dominated by many large hospitals and for-profit corporations with no clear evidence they are always helping needy patients. At a time when too many Americans struggle to access… Read More »340B hospitals and for-profit pharmacies generating significant revenue from program meant to help needy patients
As hospital admissions rebound to near-normal levels, total admissions are still expected to be down 10.5% for the year, according to an analysis by the Epic Health Research Network and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
According to Kaiser Family Foundation’s recent survey on employer health benefits, premiums for people with employer-sponsored health insurance increased by 4% last year, faster than both the rate of wage growth and inflation. During this same time, prices for brand medicines increased just 1.7% after… Read More »Survey found insurance premiums grew faster than inflation in 2020
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Ever since Mercy Hospital went “corporate,” things just haven’t been the same — that’s what lots of locals in Fort Scott, Kansas, said when the Mercy health system shuttered the only hospital in town. It’s been years… Read More »‘No Mercy’ Chapter 4: So, 2 Nuns Step Off a Train in Kansas … A Hospital’s Origin Story
Doris Hutchinson wanted to use money from the sale of her late mother’s house to help her grandchildren go to college. Then she learned the University of Virginia Health System was taking $38,000 of the proceeds because a 13-year-old medical bill owed by her deceased… Read More »UVA Health Still Squeezing Money From Patients — By Seizing Their Home Equity
By enabling a more hybrid approach to clinical trials with the added flexibility of telehealth, studies can improve patient-centricity, which will ultimately improve recruitment, engagement, and retention.
Healthcare providers won’t have to start paying back Medicare advance loans until a year after they were issued. Under the original timeline, hospitals were supposed to start paying back the loans in August.
This brief provides an overview and status update of the Medicare accelerated and advance payment program, which provided $100 billion in loans to Medicare providers in the spring of 2020 to compensate for revenue shortfalls due to the coronavirus pandemic. The brief describes who got… Read More »Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments for COVID-19 Revenue Loss: More Time to Repay
Even with insurance, Matthew Fentress faced a medical bill of more than $10,000 after a heart operation. A cook at a senior living community in Kentucky, he figured he could never pay what he owed — until a stranger who lives 2,000 miles away stepped… Read More »Moved by Plight of Young Heart Patient, Stranger Pays His Hospital Bill
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Closing a hospital hurts. In Fort Scott, Kansas, no one was a bigger symbol for that loss — or bigger target for the town’s anger — than hospital president Reta Baker. Baker was at the helm when… Read More »‘No Mercy’ Chapter 2: Unimaginable, After a Century, That Their Hospital Would Close
HHS will renew its contract with TeleTracking Technologies for another $10.2 million. Earlier this year, HHS controversially shifted Covid-19 data collection to the company from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which would normally handle data collection.
We’re making video segments from our INVEST Digital Health conference available for viewing. The first of these installments is a panel discussion on innovation in hospital settings during the public health crisis.
A malware attack brought hospital chain Universal Health Services’ IT systems down at the beginning of the week. Cybersecurity experts said hospitals should expect more of these attacks, as recovery can be costly.
While providers diagnose and treat in the hospital, care coordinators go beyond the four walls of that facility, into the community, and meet patients where they are, both literally and figuratively.
How the intelligence-based health system will become critical to meet patient needs today and post-Covid-19
To enable greater health access, the healthcare industry must modernize. We need systems rooted in intelligence for a healthier tomorrow.
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The two companies had been negotiating a six-year value-based contract prior to the start of the pandemic. Allina and BCBS of Minnesota expect the agreement will affect roughly 130,000 patients.
New rules by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services would penalize hospitals and laboratories that report Covid-19 data. Hospitals would be required to report the number of confirmed or suspected Covid-19 patient, occupied beds, and availability of ventilators and other critical supplies.
Leslie Cutitta said yes, twice, when clinicians from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston called asking whether she wanted them to take — and then continue — extreme measures to keep her husband, Frank Cutitta, alive. The first conversation, in late March, was about whether to… Read More »Another COVID Mystery: Patients Survive Ventilator, But Linger in a Coma
A report by Kaufman Hall showed that while hospitals’ operating margins improved in July, they were down 96% since the start of the year. Including funding allocated through the CARES Act. Without CARES Act funding, hospital margins were still down 28%.
Jerome Antone said he is one of the lucky ones. After becoming ill with COVID-19, Antone was hospitalized only 65 miles away from his small Alabama town. He is the mayor of Georgiana — population 1,700. “It hit our rural community so rabid,” Antone said.… Read More »Prognosis for Rural Hospitals Worsens With Pandemic
The patients at Dr. Eric Daar’s hospital are at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19, and he’s determined to make sure they’re part of the effort to fight the disease. He also hopes they can protect themselves in the process. When Daar and his… Read More »LA Hospital Seeks Vaccine Trial Participants Among Its Own High-Risk Patients
After four Riverside Community Hospital employees contracted Covid-19, they and their families sued HCA for failing to provide adequate protections. The plaintiffs said they were not given adequate access to PPE, not warned when they might have been exposed to Covid-19, and were encouraged to… Read More »Lawsuit accuses HCA of failing to protect healthcare workers during pandemic
The conference, in partnership with healthcare industry association Medical Alley, will include conversations spanning behavioral health, the future of health insurance and how hospitals are addressing the pandemic. It will also spotlight healthcare startups in a pitch contest.
Providence posted a $221 million operating loss in the first half of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Washington-based health system saw patient volumes decline by 13% in the first six months.
Shortages of personal protective equipment and medical supplies could persist for years without strategic government intervention, officials from health care and manufacturing industries have predicted. Officials said logistical challenges continue seven months after the coronavirus reached the United States, as the flu season approaches and… Read More »PPE Shortage Could Last Years Without Strategic Plan, Experts Warn
As virtual care is only going to grow in the coming months as a solution to pent-up demand for care that has resulted from the pandemic, focused attention is needed to address these operational and reimbursement issues.
We need to keep in mind three key elements to successfully implement the final interoperability rules from CMS that require private payers to provide longitudinal claims data to members as well as the use of open APIs so a range of third-party applications can be… Read More »How payers and providers can address the CMS interoperability mandate
After terrorists slammed a plane into the Pentagon on 9/11, ambulances rushed scores of the injured to community hospitals, but only three of the patients were taken to specialized trauma wards. The reason: The hospitals and ambulances had no real-time information-sharing system. Nineteen years later,… Read More »COVID Data Failures Create Pressure for Public Health System Overhaul
Más de 900 trabajadores de atención médica esenciales han muerto por COVID-19, según una base de datos interactiva creada por The Guardian y KHN. Lost on the Frontline es una asociación entre las dos redacciones que tiene como objetivo contar, verificar y honrar a cada… Read More »Más de 900 trabajadores de salud han muerto por COVID-19 en los Estados Unidos. Y la cifra aumenta
For the quarter ending on June 30, when many health systems face a rising number of Covid-19 cases, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan more than doubled its net income to $4.5 billion. The nonprofit managed care plans attributed the increase to reduced operating expenses and… Read More »Kaiser sees Q2 net income more than double to $4.5B
The conference coming up September 21-25 will highlight innovation in digital health at hospitals, in the face of Covid-19, and across digital health startups. Register now to get a $100 discount using the code MCN100.
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Dr. Ira Weintraub, a recently retired orthopedic surgeon who now works at a medical billing consultancy, saw a hip replacement bill for over $400,000 earlier this year. “The patient stayed in the hospital 17 days, which is only 17 times normal. The bill got paid,”… Read More »Pandemic Hampers Reopening of Joint Replacement Gold Mine
The annual healthcare budgeting process begins with forecasting future patient volumes, case mix, and revenue. […]
This brief provides an overview and status update of the Medicare accelerated and advance payment program, which provided $100 billion in loans to Medicare providers in the spring of 2020 to compensate for revenue shortfalls due to the coronavirus pandemic. The brief describes who got… Read More »Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments for COVID-19 Revenue Loss: Time to Repay?
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. President Donald Trump keeps promising to unveil a comprehensive plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, but it keeps not appearing. However, this week he did order an expansion of telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries and… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Still Waiting for That Trump Health Plan
The new report, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Connected Medicine, surveyed 101 representatives of hospitals and healthcare systems. Nine out of 10 respondents said they were providing genomic or genetic testing or planning to.
A new issue brief examines the role of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) during the coronavirus pandemic, and public health emergencies more broadly. The analysis finds that the VHA has provided assistance to 46 states and D.C., including treating over 270 non-veteran patients with coronavirus.
When reviewing a return to normal operations, there is much to consider. Here are four approaches aimed at establishing a healthy pathway back to something close to the norm.
The proposed merger of a well-regarded secular hospital system and a larger Roman Catholic system in Washington state has triggered new alarms about religious restrictions on patients’ access to care. Virginia Mason Health System and CHI Franciscan announced plans in mid-July to form a joint… Read More »Hospital Merger in Washington State Stokes Fears About Catholic Limits on Care
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These days, Los Angeles acting teacher Deryn Warren balances her pain with her fear. She’s a bladder cancer patient who broke her wrist in November. She still needs physical therapy for her wrist, and she’s months late for a cancer follow-up. But Warren won’t go… Read More »Avoiding Care During the Pandemic Could Mean Life or Death
Kaiser Permanente opened its first medical school in Pasadena, California. Its first class of 50 students will have a mixture of in-person and virtual classes this year.
Providing access to multiple sources of sensitive data to enable key functions like contract tracing and monitoring hospitalizations also means increased vulnerabilities and the emergence of entirely new attack surfaces.
Healthcare mergers decreased in the first half of 2020, but not to the extent expected as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Reports by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Kaufman Hall showed a decline in mergers and acquisitions, but still reported sustained interest from buyers
HCA Healthcare posted a $1.07 billion profit in the second quarter, despite a dropoff in patient volumes due to the cancelation of elective procedures. A large portion of that stemmed from relief funds allocated through the CARES Act.
Executives with Kaiser Permanente, Houston Methodist, Providence St. Joseph Health and Highmark Health shared their thoughts on the future of digital health and how they used technology to care for their patients at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
At MedCity INVEST, Mass General Brigham Chief Information Officer Chris Coburn shared how the health system prepared itself for Covid-19 by scaling up its digital operations.
Our annual INVEST conference, where investors and startups meet, kicks off today as a virtual event. Chris Coburn, chief innovation officer of Mass General Brigham, is a featured speaker and startups in the area of health services will present in the first track of our INVEST… Read More »Here’s what’s on the agenda for Day 1 of MedCity INVEST virtual
Julie Rovner, KHN’s chief Washington correspondent, on Wednesday joined Rob Ferrett, host of “Central Time” on Wisconsin Public Radio, to discuss the Trump administration’s announcement that hospital data on coronavirus cases will no longer be routed to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention… Read More »Listen: A Bureaucratic Shuffle for Hospital COVID Data
This analysis examines list prices for COVID-19 testing at the largest hospitals in every state and finds they range widely from $20 to $850. Federal law now requires private insurers to cover COVID-19 tests at no cost to the patient and provides funding for people… Read More »COVID-19 Test Prices and Payment Policy
This brief discusses how drugs provided in inpatient hospital settings are covered and reimbursed for beneficiaries in traditional Medicare under current law. This is relevant for Medicare spending on COVID-19 patients who receive Gilead’s new antiviral drug remdesivir. We discuss the implications for hospitals and… Read More »How Could the Price of Remdesivir Impact Medicare Spending for COVID-19 Patients?
To address nurse burnout, one effective strategy can be to transform education by integrating skills-building around wellness and stress management into both undergraduate and graduate curriculums.
Understanding the medication supply chain, coupled with predictive analytics, will allow hospital pharmacies to be better equipped for any resurgence of the pandemic in their areas.
Congressional leaders are squaring off over the next pandemic relief bill in a debate over whom Congress should step up to protect: front-line workers seeking more safeguards from the ravages of COVID-19 or beleaguered employers seeking relief from lawsuits. Democrats want to enact an emergency… Read More »Next Showdown in Congress: Protecting Workers vs. Protecting Employers in the Pandemic
James “Mike” Anderson was a hospital employee in suburban Philadelphia with a low-profile though critical job: changing air filters in COVID patients’ rooms. By late March, new COVID cases in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, had ramped up to as many as 90 per day. At the… Read More »Adding To COVID Stress, Families Of Health Workers Fight For Denied Workers’ Comp Benefits
An official review of vaginal mesh and medicines in pregnancy reveals systemic weaknesses, and sexism too Greater openness about women’s bodies was one of the big themes of postwar feminism. Access to contraception and the right to terminate a pregnancy were crucial stepping stones on… Read More »The Guardian view on a women’s health scandal: under the skin | Editorial
San Diego-based medical device startup MedCrypt struck a partnership with Blackberry QNX, an operating system developed by Blackberry for embedded systems.
America’s health care workers are dying. In some states, medical personnel account for as many as 20% of known coronavirus cases. They tend to patients in hospitals, treating them, serving them food and cleaning their rooms. Others at risk work in nursing homes or are… Read More »Lost On The Frontline
Cumberlege report is a damning reminder of how arrogant, intimidating doctors have suppressed their patients’ views Julia Cumberlege’s report into avoidable harm inflicted by the healthcare system exposes an institutional inability to listen to patients in general and women in particular. Her investigation into decades… Read More »Pelvic mesh scandal is what happens when men with power ignore women | Richard Vize
Three months ago, the nation watched as COVID-19 patients overwhelmed New York City’s intensive care units, forcing some of its hospitals to convert cafeterias into wards and pitch tents in parking lots. Hospitals elsewhere prepped for a similar surge: They cleared beds, stockpiled scarce protective… Read More »Amid Surge, Hospitals Hesitate To Cancel Nonemergency Surgeries
This issue brief analyzes hospital payments paid by private payers and by Medicare for a selection of inpatient services, including services requiring similar inpatient treatments to those used for COVID-19. It finds that private insurance payments for such services vary widely and exceed Medicare payment… Read More »Comparing Private Payer and Medicare Payment Rates for Select Inpatient Hospital Services
The Healthcare-Focused Marketing Firm Welcomes Executive Creative Director Dana Callow IRVINE, Calif., April 24, 2020 – Adding to the recent expansion of its leadership team, full-service healthcare marketing and advertising agency Healthcare Success is proud to announce the hiring of Executive Creative Director Dana Callow.… Read More »Healthcare Success hires new senior executive to lead creative development and execution
Coronavirus: 5 Ways You Can Use Social Media and Digital Marketing to Help the Public During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Today I am going to share some important ways that doctors, hospitals and healthcare marketers can use social media to inform the public during the COVID-19 crisis. Priority One: Use social media to convince people to comply with social distancing, and consequently help us all,… Read More »Coronavirus: 5 Ways You Can Use Social Media and Digital Marketing to Help the Public During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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