The CMS' Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program is the policy vanguard of the transition from process to outcome measures for hospital reporting and payment.
When I speak at conferences, am interviewed by the media, or when I run into colleagues, one of the topics is almost always consolidation.
Healthcare is the great equalizer. Patients aren't wearing power ties or factory uniforms when they come under our care. The protocols and communication skills necessary to safely and effectively treat their illnesses cross all social boundaries.
An unpublished academic study which rated a front-page story in the New York Times on Dec. 15 was well-written and full of interesting information, but it contained no substantive findings that should surprise anyone who has followed health policy or health economics literature in recent years.
Healthcare leaders are constantly challenged by changing regulations and new technologies, so the organizations they run must be agile enough to adapt to these changing circumstances.
In 2014, the U.S. spent more than $3 trillion on healthcare. The time to adopt a patient-centered, value-based system and break free from the broken fee-for-service model is now.
For residents living in rural or poor urban areas, access to quality healthcare can be hard to come by, but letting advanced practice registered nurses practice to the full scope of their education and training without costly physician supervision could mean care for many patients.
The recent challenges in the VA healthcare system have received much attention. Among the most daunting is the shortage of healthcare professionals in the Veterans Health Administration. With 41,000 vacancies, close to 1 in 6 positions are unfilled.
Much is being made of the increase in U.S. healthcare spending to more than $3 trillion for the first time in 2014, and also of the 5.3% rate of increase, but there may be less to be concerned about than those numbers might suggest, according to a retired CEO of a major academic medical system.
The healthcare landscape is again being reshaped by consolidations, with the prospect of more to come. The question is, writes Intermountain VP Joe Mott, will consolidation transform the industry, giving us a new business model that will deliver higher-value results?
Putting people at the center of their care may seem obvious—even intuitive—but it's ironically a concept that the healthcare community is still deciphering.
A disappointing trend in hospital labor productivity coupled with evidence of a jump in hospital job growth suggests that aggregate hospital spending may be poised to surge.