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.
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.
Developers of three of the top 10 mobile apps are best known for selling mainline electronic health-record systems to physicians and hospitals, suggesting that mobile app development is fast becoming a survival skill in today's health IT market.
Hospitals traditionally have been less concerned with drug costs in the outpatient setting. But that's changing with the move away from fee-for-service payments and a broader push to improve value for patients.
E-mail invitations were sent to physicians and other providers in the Modern Healthcare subscriber database, as well as to members of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems.
For many systems across the country, the expense side of the balance sheet is growing almost as fast as the revenue side, prompting providers to look for new ways to cut costs.
When Randy Oostra was 30 years old, he stumbled upon his career epiphany. Oostra, who grew up in a small town settled by Dutch immigrants in northwest Iowa, was a healthcare consultant traveling across the Midwest.