Top performing hospitals have shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower mortality and readmission rates and higher average operating margins than their peers.
Hospitals deemed high performers by one rating group might also be among worst performers on another, according to a study looking at four hospital ratings programs. Study authors were surprised by what they found.
See a list of selected high-spend hospital products and devices, ranked by percentage change. Source: ECRI Institute. Published March 2, 2015, p. 34.
A 26-year-old nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease has filed a lawsuit against the parent company of the Dallas hospital where she worked.
Health plans obtained through union collective bargaining agreements often include much more generous benefits than other employer-sponsored plans. But such benefits are likely to be pared down as the Affordable Care Act's excise tax nears, a new study in Health Affairs contends.
Medicare's bundled payments initiatives are designed to reduce costs and improve care for beneficiaries. But the first analysis of whether the alternative payment model is succeeding provides few definitive findings.
Prime Healthcare Services has entered into an agreement to buy 126-bed Mercy Suburban Hospital, which is located in the Philadelphia suburb of East Norriton. The hospital is part of Mercy Health System, which became part of Trinity through its 2013 merger with Catholic Health East.
Cardinal Health plans to buy Johnson & Johnson's cardiology medical-device business Cordis for nearly $2 billion in cash, marking the company's expansion into the interventional vascular technology market.
Patient safety expert Dr. Charles Denham, a former leader of the National Quality Forum's Safe Practices Committee, has agreed to pay the federal government $1 million to settle allegations that he accepted cash in exchange for influencing the committee's recommendations.
Maurice Smith has been promoted to president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. Smith, 43, previously served as senior VP of treasury, business development and subsidiary management at the Chicago-based Health Care Service Corp., which owns the Blues affiliate.