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.
Bruce Smith, senior vice president of information systems and chief information officer at Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care, discusses the challenges of having multiple EHR systems in his organization, Advocate's readiness for the conversion to ICD-10 coding, and his views on federal...
A dispute between hospital groups and federal regulators over whether a recent workshop on competition was biased against hospitals signals mounting tensions between providers and the government over healthcare reform.
Idaho, famous for its pine forests, crystalline lakes and baking potatoes, has a scant 1.6 million people spread over its 82,643 square miles. Yet it has seized center stage in setting national healthcare economic policy.
The Federal Trade Commission's decision to take more time to examine the proposed merger between Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem in Illinois is in line with what legal experts say is the agency's move to apply more scrutiny to deals between hospitals in adjoining markets.
The Federal Trade Commission wants more time and information before clearing a proposed merger between Illinois systems Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem. The request comes as the FTC appears to be taking a closer look at cross-market mergers.
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.
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.
Advocate Health Care improved its operating margin in 2014 as the 12-hospital system prepares to close its merger with NorthShore University HealthSystem.
Top performing hospitals have shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower mortality and readmission rates and higher average operating margins than their peers.
NorthShore University HealthSystem started its fiscal 2015 with improved operating performance as revenue growth outpaced increases to expenses during its first quarter.
Dr. Jeff Thompson plans to step down this year as CEO of Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wis. Thompson, 62, has been with Gundersen for three decades, serving the past 14 years as CEO. He'll stay on in his role until the hospital system finds a new leader.