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.
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.
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.
Health systems long have studied demographic and marketing data from such sources as the U.S. Census Bureau, health-planning agencies and hospital associations, in deciding where to locate new facilities. Increasingly, they are using new sources of information such as EHRs, insurers' billing...
A growing number of hospitals are seeking new revenue opportunities by making their food service operations appealing to the broader community rather than only to people visiting patients. They're also sending chefs and dietitians into the community to help improve residents' health.
While offering physicians bonuses for hitting quality benchmarks is popular, the incentive programs may not be worth the money. Linking financial rewards to cost-effective management of patient care or reducing adverse outcomes has not produced the desired results, recent studies show.
Modern Healthcare has documented every Medicare and Medicaid milestone and challenge since Crain Communications purchased the magazine in 1976. This section commemorates the programs' 50th anniversary by providing some history and an overview of their challenges.
Medicare and Medicaid evolved in dramatically different ways. Medicare, which provided health coverage for seniors, became the third rail of American politics. Medicaid, a state-based program that provided health coverage for the poor, existed in a political netherworld. All that is about to change.