Most hospitals have mobile, wheeled lifts. But busy nurses and aides typically move average-sized patients themselves. The sparse use of assistive devices is the biggest reason healthcare workers have one of the highest rates of occupational musculoskeletal injuries.
There's a boomlet underway in health information technology buying, triggered by provider organizations considering or launching their own Medicare Advantage or commercial health plans.
The battle ahead for Republicans who hope to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is one that will be fought on the campaign trail, even as markets move ahead with more confidence after last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Experts who have studied human trafficking say a victim's most promising lifeline could be a healthcare provider. That's why a number of hospitals and health systems around the country have launched training programs for their staff on how to identify and treat trafficking victims.
Hospitals continue to add physicians at a brisk pace, defying predictions that the practice acquisition binge would end in a fiscal fiasco.
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tenn., learned how high-deductible health plans change patient behavior when FedEx Corp. moved its 400,000 U.S. employees and dependents into the plans in January 2014.
Healthcare has lagged other industries in investment and innovation in information technology. Now, scrambling to catch up, hospitals and health systems are facing a tight supply of skilled IT managers and executives that is holding them back.
A number of medical, nursing and public health schools around the country are launching programs to train students about the effects of climate change on health and how to reduce its impact.
Hospitals and investors are banking on the U.S. Supreme Court or the states to save premium subsidies that have made health insurance affordable for 6.4 million people in 34 states. But the stocks of publicly traded hospital companies could take a big hit if that doesn't happen.
Median total pay for healthcare association chief executives earning $1 million or more increased 8.5% from 2012 to 2013, while total pay for all healthcare association CEOs jumped 18.9%, according to Modern Healthcare's analysis of the latest association tax reports.
At a time when many rural hospitals across the country are on life support, the ACA's controversial Medicaid expansion has resuscitated hospitals, including Franklin Hospital in Benton, Ill. But across the Mississippi River in Missouri, hospitals are not seeing a comparable financial boost.
It's not yet clear whether a sweeping proposed rule governing Medicaid managed care will resolve coverage and access problems for the growing number of low-income adults and children in private Medicaid plans. But it's likely that there will be political jockeying over many of its provisions.