hospitals

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

CHIME CEO: Digital acceleration fueling cybersecurity concerns

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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.

CMS’ price transparency rule offers providers, payers a win, too

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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.

CMS proposes putting $2.5B into hospitals’ coffers, eliminating part of price transparency rule

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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

Providers, payers are ready to listen, root out racism and regain the trust of minorities. Here’s how.

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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.

Infusing call centers with strong human connections

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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.

Compliance with HIPAA may offer some clues on how providers will fare with new info blocking rules

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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

Cleveland Clinic researchers measure pandemic’s effect on Medicare population

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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

A Year Into Pandemic, Federal Officials Design New Mask Guidelines to Better Protect More Workers

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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

Analysis: Hospital Price Transparency Data Lacks Standardization, Limiting Its Use to Insurers, Employers, and Consumers

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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

Early Results from Federal Price Transparency Rule Show Difficultly in Estimating the Cost of Care

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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

Measuring Hospital Quality

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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

A preview of the INVEST Precision Medicine conference June 9-11

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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.

Families With Sick Kids on Medicaid Seek Easier Access to Out-of-State Hospitals

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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

OIG: Pandemic forced hospitals into ‘survival mode’

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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.

Providence’s newest digital health spinout snags $20M

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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.

Covid-19 long-hauler clinics offer a ‘medical home’ for patients on uncharted journey

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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

Providers look to predictive modeling to help rebuild finances in 2021

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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.

HHS Prep Act amendment could fail the nurses it aims to support

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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.

HHS issues HIPAA, CMS regulatory waivers to Texas hospitals

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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.

Report: Healthcare data breaches spiked 55% in 2020

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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%.

An expanding role for healthcare CIOs [Sponsored]

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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. 

La pandemia genera abuso de alcohol, y récord de hospitalizaciones por enfermedad hepática

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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

Pandemic-Fueled Alcohol Abuse Creates Wave of Hospitalizations for Liver Disease

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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

How can hospitals weather the financial storms of 2021?

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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.

MultiCare physician exec: The good news is we have tech on our side to manage hospital capacity

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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

If This Self-Sufficient Hospital Cannot Stand Alone, Can Any Public Hospital Survive?

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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?

Analysis Examines the Implications of Price Transparency for Providers and Patients as New Rules Go into Effect

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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

Price Transparency and Price Variation in U.S. Health Services

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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.

46 hospitals file suit to reverse HHS bad debt policy

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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

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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

Provider groups, hospitals file motion to stop CMS from enforcing price transparency rule

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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

UPMC launches EMS training program for low-income individuals

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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.

Hospital CEO pay

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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

New stimulus bill to axe surprise billing practices

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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.

Correcting the record: Biopharmaceutical companies remain committed to the 340B program and helping patients

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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

Cerner to snap up Kantar’s health division for $375M

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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 perils of health systems

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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

CMS’ new Geo care delivery model: 5 things to know

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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.

Cleveland Clinic to help bring affordable broadband to city neighborhood

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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.

Brigham and Women’s, Biofourmis launch hospital-at-home solution nationwide

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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

Predictive surveillance: Can artificial intelligence eliminate HAIs?

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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.

AdventHealth, BERG join forces to enhance Covid-19 care

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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.

Why we need a wholistic approach to behavioral health

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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.

Florida’s New Hospital Industry Head Ran Medicaid in State and Fought Expansion

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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