A small but growing group of not-for-profit hospitals and health systems are spending more money on nontraditional community benefit programs. Besides carrying out their not-for-profit charitable mission, these systems hope that their efforts will pay dividends under value-based payment models.
Some say the growth in trauma centers reflects an increase in trauma cases and population booms, but financial incentives have clearly been a factor as a greater share of patients are now insured. If the growth leads to overcapacity, it could be problematic for patient care and hospitals' finances.
A fifth health insurer has dropped out of an ambitious but struggling Medicaid reform program that targets New Yorkers with high medical costs.
The recent election of a Democratic governor in Louisiana who is committed to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has given hope to hospitals and other advocacy groups that back expansion of coverage to low-income adults in the 20 states where Republican leaders so far have balked.
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Anthony Spezia, 66, is retiring from President and CEO of Covenant Health, Knoxville, Tenn., effective April 1. He will be succeeded by Jim VanderSteeg, executive VP of operations.
If someone claimed they could cut the death rate among Americans under age 75 by almost half over the next four decades, it would be big news. Yet research shows that this has actually happened over the past 44 years.
HHS' partnership this month with OptumLabs is likely to add momentum to the push to use big data to lower healthcare costs and improve the quality of care delivery.
As more Americans gain Medicaid coverage, investing in a health plan is a potential lifeline for urban safety net systems. In Chicago, the Cook County Health and Hospitals System and its patients have both seen their health improve with CountyCare, the system's Medicaid managed-care plan.
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For hospital administrators, the process of procuring surgical implants and tools and making sure they are within budget can be complex. Responding to this confusing situation, Amin Rahme founded Surgery Exchange to hold device sales representatives accountable for what they bring to a surgery.
Marty Fattig, CEO of Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn, Neb., discusses rural hospitals' challenges in recruiting staff, the problems created by Nebraska's refusal so far to expand Medicaid to low-income adults and how he motivates his employees. He spoke with Modern Healthcare reporter Shannon...