Presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton unveils a national healthcare reform plan as part of his "New Covenant" proposals. A month later, President Bush releases his national healthcare reform plan.
HealthOne and LifeSpan, two Minneapolis-based systems, announce merger plans.
Questionable executive compensation packages and business deals with physicians are the dominant themes of the Internal Revenue Service's new audit guidelines for not-for-profit hospitals.
Voluntary Hospitals of America liquidates VHA Enterprises.
Humana and Baxter International each split themselves into two separate companies.
Charles Martin Jr. becomes chairman and CEO of Republic Health Corp., which subsequently renames itself OrNda HealthCorp.
Humana fires George Atkins, its senior vice president for public affairs, for violating company policies related to his lobbying activities with the Kentucky Legislature.
BY THE NUMBERS
U.S. healthcare spending will rise 11% in 1992, following an identical rise in 1991, the Commerce Department reports. The department predicts healthcare spending will rise at an annual rate of 12% to 13% in the next five years.
The American Hospital Association begins its long-expected restructuring under Richard Davidson, its new president, with the elimination of 105 jobs at its Chicago headquarters.
Maine became the first state-with many to follow-to pass legislation giving healthcare providers antitrust exemptions for mergers and acquisitions that promise to benefit consumers.
The idea of "community health information networks," or CHINs, is picking up steam as payers and policymakers look for ways to control administrative costs and measure the quality of care.
COVER STORY Feb. 24, 1992
A new type of healthcare provider is slowly gaining acceptance among insurers, physicians and the social workers who place those patients who are being released "quicker and sicker" from hospitals. The field is known as subacute care.
In only a few years, healthcare entrepreneurs have found a unique and profitable niche in subacute services.
These providers care for patients who no longer need acute-care services but still require highly skilled nursing care and access to technologically advanced therapies.
"This (Donna Shalala's appointment as HHS secretary) is the first tangible evidence of the influence of Mrs. Clinton in federal appointments."
-David Sundwall, M.D., vice president and medical director at the American Healthcare Systems Institute