Hot water equipment used in hospitals to conserve energy may be a haven for harmful bacteria, according to a recent study. Changes in a patient's length of stay, which is falling as a result of healthcare payment reform, can also contribute to the problem.
Practice Greenhealth has made yet another move into supply chain with the expected launch of a tool that helps hospitals forecast the total cost of using and maintaining a product, beyond just the purchase price.
Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals are among providers launching a program that allows healthcare systems to go solar and to offer solar energy to their employees, patients and community members.
The South Side of Chicago may finally regain a trauma center to treat its most severely injured adults.
The clinic says it's the largest of its kind among U.S. healthcare systems. Energy-efficiency projects pull money from the fund, which then is replenished by reinvesting the savings from reduced energy consumption as well as rebates.
As energy prices have plummeted, healthcare providers have reaped the benefit of some of the lowest prices for petroleum and natural gas in recent years. But energy costs are volatile, so GPOs have been helping health systems, which are under pressure to cut costs across the board, lock in prices.
American healthcare construction companies are going green. But they're now less likely to go abroad.
Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats from Michigan, plan to introduce the request in an amendment to an energy bill. It would also include funding for a center to research lead exposure.
The three-month average price that providers paid for digital X-ray systems was 19% lower in November 2015 than it was in October, as systems show more interest in basic systems that lack additional detectors and advanced features.
Researchers said that although a cure, if possible, could be far away, better cooperation and increased funding could improve cancer treatment opportunities across the nation.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris granted conditional approval allowing a private-equity firm to take over the Daughters of Charity Health System.