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Not-for-profit systems still working on community outreach

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  September 24, 2016

Expectations that the ACA-driven reduction in charitable care would force the nation's largest not-for-profit healthcare systems to step up their investment in community-based prevention programs have yet to be fulfilled.

Tech-enabled food service can improve satisfaction, cut costs

By Maria Castellucci  |  September 24, 2016

Hospitals are increasingly investing in modernizing their food-service systems. Shore Medical Center says the technology is a factor in a 10% improvement in its Press Ganey patient-satisfaction scores and credits the system with saving about $25,000 yearly because of less food waste.

Late News

Supreme Court pauses Dignity Health pension decision

By Erica Teichert  |  September 24, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court made its first move toward weighing in on whether Dignity Health and faith-based companies have to comply with federal regulations for costly worker pension plans.

California governor signs ban on surprise medical bills

By Aurora Aguilar  |  September 24, 2016

Under the bipartisan law, patients who went to in-network facilities for care would have to pay only in-network cost-sharing. This applies to non-emergency care, since emergency physicians in California already are barred from balance billing patients.

The Week Ahead

Broad topics set for first presidential debate

By Shannon Muchmore  |  September 24, 2016

None of the topics for the much anticipated first official debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump address health policy specifically, but it's certainly possible issues such as the ACA's insurance exchanges and prescription drug prices will be discussed.

Regional News

SEIU urges New Jersey to force sale of five Prime hospitals

By Maria Castellucci  |  September 24, 2016

The Service Employees International Union wants the attorney general of New Jersey to force a sale of five Prime Healthcare Services hospitals in response to a federal lawsuit against the hospital chain alleging it fraudulently billed Medicare.

Acadia partners with hospitals to offer psychiatric services

By Dave Barkholz  |  September 24, 2016

Acadia Healthcare, the nation's largest for-profit owner of psychiatric hospitals, is embarking on a strategy of entering joint ventures with not-for-profit hospital systems to open psychiatric beds.

News

Rapid adoption of bundled payments remains an act of faith

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  September 24, 2016

The U.S. is in the midst of a major push to pay for healthcare on the basis of quality over quantity, and bundled payments are regarded as an especially promising model. Medicare's Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model, which began in April and is mandatory for 800 hospitals in 67...

Nominations sought for Excellence in Nursing Awards

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 24, 2016

Roughly 3 million nurses work throughout the healthcare industry, including at community hospitals, doctors’ offices, retail clinics, schools at all grade levels—and especially in a growing number of C-suite positions at health systems across the country. These awards are designed to...

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Features

Not-for-profit systems still working on community outreach

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  September 24, 2016

Expectations that the ACA-driven reduction in charitable care would force the nation's largest not-for-profit healthcare systems to step up their investment in community-based prevention programs have yet to be fulfilled.

Tech-enabled food service can improve satisfaction, cut costs

By Maria Castellucci  |  September 24, 2016

Hospitals are increasingly investing in modernizing their food-service systems. Shore Medical Center says the technology is a factor in a 10% improvement in its Press Ganey patient-satisfaction scores and credits the system with saving about $25,000 yearly because of less food waste.

Editorial

Editorial: Thank you for that question, Lester

By Merrill Goozner  |  September 24, 2016

Last week, the New York Times posted an online poll asking its readers to choose which three of 15 possible questions they'd like to see the candidates address during the debates, which kick off Monday night. Only one touched on healthcare.

Guest Commentary
Letters

Post-discharge focus can build healthy behaviors and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 24, 2016

Building patient self-efficacy among patients to change unhealthy behaviors into new good habits—like reducing salt intake or tracking your weight daily—is one low-cost, high-return way to continue to make progress. And it benefits both the patient and the hospital.

Best Practices

Frequent violence in the ED doesn't have to be part of the job

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  September 24, 2016

In 2012, Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., saw 22 workplace injuries due to violence. The number rose to 45 the next year and then 55 the year after that. In 2015, when efforts to protect nurses and doctors kicked in, the number dropped to 26. So far this year, Valley Hospital has seen 27...

Q&A

Q&A: 'If Mayo was a high-cost provider, we would be cut out of many of these networks'

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 24, 2016

Even though Mayo Clinic has been ahead of the curve in studying how to measure and reward value in healthcare delivery, it isn't immune to challenges such as physician burnout and the mounting pressure to reduce costs and adopt value-based payment models. Mayo President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy...

By the Numbers

Professional liability carriers, 2016 (Spreadsheet)

September 24, 2016

A list of the nation's 50 largest professional liability carriers, ranked by direct premiums written for medical professional liability in the U.S. in 2015. Source: A.M. Best Co. Published Sept. 26, 2016, p. 34.

News Makers

Lamb named CEO of Mount Carmel Health System

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 24, 2016

Edward Lamb was named president and CEO of Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio, part of Trinity Health, effective in November.

Data Points

Data Points for Sept. 26, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 24, 2016

Data Points for the week of Sept. 26, 2016, covered the following topics: Clinical trials and the number of trials underway, penalties for not reporting results, and the percentage of cancer patients who participate in clinical trials.

Outliers

Doctors debate the source of van Gogh's malady

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 24, 2016

A year after cutting off his left ear, suffering subsequent breakdowns and spending time in an asylum, Vincent van Gogh died of a gunshot wound—an apparent suicide. The world has wondered ever since what ailed him. Recently, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam created a full exhibition and...

The Period Game's point is education

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 24, 2016

Daniela Gilsanz and Ryan Murphy hatched the idea in a class at the Rhode Island School of Design. The result is the Period Game, an educational board game about the menstrual cycle that's loaded with puns and doesn't take itself too seriously.

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