A report issued by the Dartmouth Atlas Project this year found that as people age, many continue to receive care that does not align with their own preferences. This is especially true at the end stages of serious illnesses.
The emergency department sits at the crossroads of outpatient and inpatient medicine. However, the unsubstantiated perception is that many who go to the ED are misusing this resource. EDs are frequently described as expensive and often the target of public health officials trying to reduce...
It's widely recognized that the U.S. pays more for healthcare than other developed nations, yet achieves comparatively worse health outcomes, leading for calls to lower costs to improve value. But what if we increased quality at the same cost?
Oklahoma's rural healthcare is going up in flames, and state leaders won't take the steps necessary to douse the fire, says Landon Hise, a hospital CEO from that state.
Innovative research and healthcare reform don't happen overnight. A commitment to research and evaluation is needed to make sure we get good value for healthcare dollars spent.
A lot of attention is being paid to how health insurance products in the ACA marketplaces have changed this year. There are scattered reports about loss of access to specialty hospitals in some markets, and a general narrative suggesting that overall access to top-rated providers in marketplace...
Studies continue to demonstrate that a strong supply of primary-care physicians is related to more effective delivery of preventive care and lower rates of mortality, emergency room visits and hospital admissions.
While we have been writing and talking about impending shifts in the business and care-delivery models of American medicine for some time, the pace has been maddeningly slow. But three catalysts are indeed beginning to accelerate change.
Moving to bundled payment represents a sweeping change for most healthcare systems. On one hand, bundled payment poses financial risk. On the other, it offers an opportunity to crack one of the toughest nuts in healthcare cost—the world of physician preference items.
The electronic health record was meant to be the “Great IT Hope,” yet decades later, healthcare still languishes in a disconnected state, says Athenahealth co-founder Jonathan Bush.
We're living in a unique moment in the history of healthcare. It's never been more important for leading organizations to start making bold changes that will help them nimbly adapt to the diverse needs of patients and better integrate new technologies that improve the quality of care.
There are some healthcare providers who are no longer welcome in Medicare and Medicaid. Patients, caregivers and taxpayers should know that unprecedented actions are being taken to make sure they don't participate in these federal programs.