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.
Approval by the Food and Drug Administration of the new PCSK9 inhibitors would be an enormous boon to the drugmakers that developed them.
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.
Modern Healthcare's 11th annual ranking of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders in many ways reflects the transformation of healthcare over the past several years.
To determine the 11th annual ranking of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders, Modern Healthcare began accepting nominations on Nov. 3, 2014.
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.
It's unclear whether the Obama administration will renew Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment programs in several states, in part because evidence is mixed on whether the programs have truly improved care for large numbers of Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured patients.
Construction and design firms' focus on innovation and outpatient facilities suggests they are adjusting to a broader transformation in the healthcare industry.
Variables such as market competition, previous experience with Medicaid managed care and the level of physician integration all play a role in the pace at which health systems adopt value-based payment models.