Healthcare providers have mixed responses to the administration's aggressive linkage of uncompensated-care funding to Medicaid expansion. Hospital leaders in Florida, Kansas, Tennessee and Texas strongly support Medicaid expansion but don't want to risk losing the money.
For women who aspire to healthcare's executive-level roles, advanced education and the willingness to take risks may not be enough. Surveys of corporate leadership and healthcare management point to a continued, though narrowing, disparity of women to men in leadership roles.
Total compensation for some of the highest-paid CEOs in the healthcare industry increased faster than their companies' profits last year, a Modern Healthcare analysis of the first firms to report executive pay found.
Efforts to effectively manage patients after they've been discharged is a key feature distinguishing high-performing health systems from their peers in Truven Health Analytics' seventh annual ranking of top-performing systems.
Private-equity firms traditionally have invested in medical groups that offer high-reimbursement potential, such as dermatology and dentistry. Now, equity firms are also scouting for primary-care practices that are ahead of the curve in value-based care.
About 7% of hospitals got the highest rating, 34% got the second-highest rating, and 19% got one of the two lowest possible scores in the CMS' new five-star ratings of more than 3,500 hospitals based on patient-satisfaction surveys.
Interoperability of electronic health records remains a bridge too far for many providers, despite more than a decade of federal emphasis on information exchange and $29.1 billion spent on federal EHR incentive payments tied to requirements mandating interoperable systems.
If left untreated, Stacey Lane's level of bad cholesterol would soar to more than four times what heart experts recommend. Help for her genetic disorder could come in the form of a new category of injectable drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors, but it won't be cheap.
There have been numerous allegations of quality problems with Corizon's care, and since 2012, the company has lost contracts in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Tennessee worth more than $1.2 billion over the next five years.
For nearly two decades, Dr. Robert Wachter, 57, associate chairman of the department of medicine at University of California San Francisco, has tackled topics that challenge the status quo. “To me, that's part of the gig,” he said.
Provider-owned health plans continue to spring up or get larger as more hospitals and physician groups are moving to take on financial risk for their patients under value-based and capitated payment contracts.
A growing number of health systems, accountable care organizations and medical home-style practices are deploying care coordinators—which some call navigators. That is changing how patients get care and it's changing the jobs of doctors, nurses and other front-line providers.