As more insurers shift to narrow provider networks to keep premiums down, hospitals increasingly find themselves caught in the middle as patients, insurers and physicians fight over who should pick up bills for services that patients unknowingly receive from out-of-network doctors.
Help wanted in hiring RNs: Hospitals outsource recruitment of permanent nurses with hard-to-find skills
Some health systems now use recruitment process outsourcing firms, or RPOs, rather than their own HR departments. RPOs generally are contracted to handle the full range of hiring duties for non-executive positions, including initial outreach, interviewing, reference checks and orientation.
The selection of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and President Barack Obama for the top two spots in the 14th annual Modern Healthcare 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare reflects the continuing centrality in healthcare of the ACA and the ongoing political battle over its future.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts' influence on healthcare is hard to overstate, especially after this year's landmark King v. Burwell case. He placed No. 1 on Modern Healthcare's ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for 2015.
Experts say it's important for healthcare providers to become more knowledgeable, sensitive and welcoming to LGBT patients because that population suffers from a disproportionate burden of chronic illness.
Increased collaboration between providers and payers is inevitable, but that doesn't mean the future financial interests of these oft-warring parties will align, say healthcare leaders surveyed in Modern Healthcare's third-quarter CEO Power Panel poll.
Elite children's hospitals, once dominant because of their prestige and comprehensive services, face growing competition from emerging integrated delivery systems that want to keep patients in-house.
Deaths, whether inevitable or caused by preventable medical errors, happen daily at most hospitals. But few have adopted best practices for handling complaints or even questions from family members and caregivers, whose first and understandable reaction often starts with the word “why.”
The one-year pause in big payouts to top officials at the nation's hospital systems is over. Executives in many of the top-paying positions saw large pay bumps in 2015, driven in part by bonus packages triggered by improved quality and financial performance.
Despite mounting public concern about sky-high pay levels for top-ranked corporate officials, the highest-paid executives at not-for-profit healthcare institutions racked up massive pay increases in 2013.
There's general agreement that a CMS rule barring nursing facilities from requiring arbitration agreements is long overdue. But while industry representatives generally support the proposed rule, parts of it have left some trial lawyers and patient advocates fuming.
The U.S. military's giant EHR contract announced last week with a consortium including Cerner Corp. likely will have a major impact on advancing interoperability in health information technology across the entire U.S. healthcare system, experts say.