Antibiotic resistance is a threat to national security. That's how President Barack Obama described the rapid growth of such resistance when he issued an executive order in September instructing HHS and the Defense and Agriculture departments to take aggressive action on the issue.
Healthcare providers and insurers were busy implementing healthcare reform in 2014, millions of uninsured Americans gained coverage, and healthcare spending growth remained modest even as partisan warfare over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continued in full force.
A day with University of Illinois Health's CXO shows the job requires strong support from hospital leaders, deep understanding of performance improvement, a deft personal touch and recognition that patient satisfaction is closely linked to quality and safety.
The Chinese government has relaxed foreign ownership rules to attract private hospital operators who offer better quality care to consumers widely dissatisfied with the current public hospitals.
A lack of adequate studies makes it hard to know whether interventions to reduce many hospital-acquired conditions have produced the intended impact.
Hospitals and health systems across the country are divided over whether to deny financial aid to uninsured patients who are eligible for subsidized health insurance under Obamacare but did not buy a plan.
Providers around the country will be watching how Maryland hospitals respond to new incentives to improve population health, particularly how they address coordination with post-acute providers, where a lot of the potential for quality improvement and cost savings lies.
Sutter Health has developed an integrated delivery model that advises patients in the gray zone between treatable disease and terminal illness on how to make the transition to hospice while still delivering desired healthcare services in a home setting.
Three years ago, eight-hospital Riverside Health System faced looming federal penalties for excess readmissions, often the result of inadequate transitions from the hospital to home.
Studies have demonstrated the critical role that patient engagement plays in disease management. Some providers are using the Patient Activation Measure, or PAM, as a tool to help predict which patients are best equipped to engage in their care and which ones will be in need of additional support.
The shift to performance-based payment is a key driver of the development and use of mobile patient-engagement systems and tools, but lack of insurance payment for these services remains an obstacle.
Prem Reddy of Prime Healthcare Services draws fire for wrangling with insurers, shucking unprofitable service lines, using aggressive coding, slashing overhead and fighting unions. Yet his bids for failing systems keep on winning.