Hospitals have long been bedeviled by shortages and price spikes for the generic drugs that are essential to their day-to-day operations.
Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare will outsource 2,300 non clinical employees to revenue cycle management company R1 RCM, a move that is expected to save the integrated health system $70 million over the next three years.
The new health system-led generic-drug company sent a shockwave through the healthcare industry, but experts warned that it would take plenty of time and capital to ultimately lower drug prices and mitigate shortages.
As four not-for-profit health systems unveiled plans to create their own generic-drug company, experts say they'll face an uphill battle to make a significant dent in rising drug prices and shortages.
The Salt Lake City-based health system will pay the federal government $1 million to settle allegations that a former medical assistant illegally diverted thousands of painkillers and other pills for personal use by herself and family members.
Organizations like Humana and Intermountain Healthcare are using existing assessment tools to gauge success of nonmedical health.
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The Salt Lake City-based integrated health system is replacing its geographically defined administrative regions with a systemwide structure made up of community care and specialty care groups to better align internally to deliver more efficient and effective care, CEO Marc Harrison said.
Intermountain Healthcare is the first major U.S. health system to pledge a major reduction in opioid prescribing by setting a target of 5 million fewer opioid prescriptions by the end of 2018.
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Intermountain, whose telehealth system is among the most advanced in the country, is using the technology to extend its specialists' skills into the smaller community hospitals and rural locations in its network