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Hospital execs say inpatient volume growth isn't rebounding

Hospital execs say inpatient volume growth isn't rebounding

A new survey of hospital executives found inpatient utilization increased 0.7% in the second quarter of 2018, down from 1% at the same time in 2017. Patients continue to flock to cheaper outpatient settings for services.



Insurance

AHIP gains four new members

AHIP gains four new members

AHIP's four new members focus on Medicaid managed care and Medicare Advantage portfolios. They have joined the trade group as the industry faces bullish prospects for government business.

Finance

Docs don't drain hospital finances, systems say

Docs don't drain hospital finances, systems say

Most health systems that responded to Modern Healthcare's Hospital Systems Survey said hiring more physicians either did not materially change their financial performance or actually improved it, a surprising finding given research that shows hospitals lose money on employed physicians.

Transformation

Urgent-care clinics overprescribe antibiotics

Urgent-care clinics overprescribe antibiotics

Nearly half of urgent-care patients diagnosed with conditions that don't require antibiotics received a prescription for one anyway, raising concerns that the practice will contribute to the spread of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens.

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