As hospitals expand their ranks of employed physicians, they will likely find themselves more frequently confronted with an issue that has always plagued the medical profession: practicing physicians with substance abuse and mental health problems.
About 35 million Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for billable care-management services, but the CMS has received reimbursement requests for only about 100,000. Doctors have many complaints about the program, but some say it's helping them improve care.
Juan Quintana is the new president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Quintana, 52, has been a certified registered nurse anesthetist for 15 years, most recently in Winnsboro, Texas. He began his new role this month and will serve a one-year term, replacing Sharon Pearce.
Healthcare systems face broader unfunded pension liabilities as they make long overdue updates to their assumptions for retiree longevity, and raise the level of assets they will need to account for a falling discount rate.
The political fight over the funding of Planned Parenthood could be felt in rural Scott County, Ind., where this year there was a rush to get HIV tests after 180 people tested positive. But there was no place to get testing services.
The selection of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and President Barack Obama for the top two spots in the 14th annual Modern Healthcare 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare reflects the continuing centrality in healthcare of the ACA and the ongoing political battle over its future.
Several GOP candidates have signaled they'll campaign on conservative approaches to healthcare reform, but it's not at all clear that they will have much resonance with voters, who have indicated that the healthcare issues they care most about now are the ones that affect their pocketbooks.
MercyRockford Health System, the product of a January merger between Mercy Health and Rockford (Ill.) Health System, plans to transfer most of its acute-care services to a new $400 million “destination campus.”
Gundersen Health system has named Dr. Scott Rathgaber CEO.
Cook County (Ill.) Jail is trying to shed its reputation as the “nation's largest mental health institution,” and it is leading a nationwide movement with jailhouse and community treatment strategies to keep inmates with mental illness from returning.
Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wis., has selected Dr. Scott Rathgaber, one of its own physician executives, as its next CEO.
The hips and knees of the nation's seniors were an obvious target for Medicare's first mandatory test of an alternative payment model for hospitals. But joint replacement isn't the only possible target. Hospitals are now on notice that Medicare will move ahead if they don't do it on their own.