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Hospital execs say inpatient volume growth isn't rebounding

Hospital execs say inpatient volume growth isn't rebounding

By Tara Bannow  |  July 16, 2018

A new survey of hospital executives found inpatient utilization increased 0.7% in the second quarter of 2018, down from 1% at the same time in 2017. Patients continue to flock to cheaper outpatient settings for services.

FEMA's unpreparedness hurt providers in 2017 hurricane season

FEMA's unpreparedness hurt providers in 2017 hurricane season

By Alex Kacik  |  July 16, 2018

FEMA didn't have the infrastructure in place to share information quickly enough to properly react to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, according to its after-action report. That left many providers in the dark as they tried to recover.

Docs don't drain hospital finances, systems say

Docs don't drain hospital finances, systems say

By Tara Bannow  |  July 14, 2018

Most health systems that responded to Modern Healthcare's Hospital Systems Survey said hiring more physicians either did not materially change their financial performance or actually improved it, a surprising finding given research that shows hospitals lose money on employed physicians.

Q&A with HealthPartners' Andrea Walsh on her first year as CEO

Q&A with HealthPartners' Andrea Walsh on her first year as CEO

By Aurora Aguilar  |  July 14, 2018

Andrea Walsh took over as CEO in June 2017. It's been mostly smooth sailing for Walsh, but an easy start shouldn't be surprising given Walsh's 23-year tenure at HealthPartners, most recently as executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

'Avocado Hand' epidemic sends guac lovers to the ER

'Avocado Hand' epidemic sends guac lovers to the ER

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 14, 2018

The danger of #AvocadoHand is spreading on social media, where users post photos and stories of accidentally stabbing themselves in the hand while trying to cut an avocado.

Nurses at Vermont's largest medical center go on strike

By Associated Press  |  July 13, 2018

About 1,800 unionized nurses at Vermont's largest hospital launched a two-day strike Thursday following unsuccessful contract negotiations, but hospital officials say operations continued with little disruption for patients.

Foxconn, Advocate Aurora launch data-driven health venture

Foxconn, Advocate Aurora launch data-driven health venture

By Tara Bannow  |  July 12, 2018

Foxconn and the newly formed Advocate Aurora Health announced a technology partnership Thursday to gather Foxconn employees' data to lower their healthcare costs and improve their health. If it works, they plan to expand the venture.

Michigan-based Spectrum, Lakeland Health consider merger

Michigan-based Spectrum, Lakeland Health consider merger

By Jay Greene  |  July 11, 2018

Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health, one of Michigan's largest not-for-profit health systems, and Lakeland Health, a three-hospital system based in St. Joseph, have signed a letter of intent and expect to merge by Oct. 1, officials said Wednesday.

Verity Health System may sell hospitals to improve finances

Verity Health System may sell hospitals to improve finances

By Tara Bannow  |  July 10, 2018

Verity Health System announced it is exploring strategic options, including the sale of one or all of its locations, as part of the California system's ongoing effort to relieve financial and operational challenges.

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