Mary Caffrey is the Associate Editorial Director of AJMC/Managed Care for MJH Life Sciences. Her editorial responsibilities include Evidence-Based Oncology, Chief Healthcare Executive, and Managed Healthcare Executive.
Louisiana Health Officer Shutters Nursing Homes That Sent Patients to Warehouse, Where 7 Died
Bob Dean, the nursing homes' owner, has previously been cited by state officials for evacuating patients to a facility he owned that proved to be inadequate.
CMS Proposals Would Boost Price Transparency, Take Steps to Promote Safety as COVID-19 Remains a Threat
One proposal asks hospitals for input on how to measure vaccination rates among staff with the aim of letting consumers have the information.
Hospital Mergers Targeted in Biden Executive Order
The order directs the Justice Department and the FTC to examine guidelines on hospital mergers to ensure that patients are not harmed.
For Proof of Government Inefficiency in Drug Purchasing, They Went to Costco
For those who take regular prescriptions for a chronic condition—which many seniors do—the savings at Costco escalated.
Supreme Court Upholds ACA, Says States Lacked Standing
For the third time, an increasingly conservative court left intact the law’s protections that require coverage for preexisting conditions, created Medicaid expansion, promote health screenings and preventive care, and launched novel, value-based payment strategies within the agency that manages Medicare and Medicaid.
Telehealth Will Stay, but Not for Every Visit, Oncologists Report
Survivorship care and symptom management were the best uses of the technology in cancer care, according to survey results presented during this weekend's meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Humana’s Bold Goal Effort Shows Value of Health System Partnerships
Humana's 2021 Bold Goal Report, released last week, highlights the importance of health system partnerships.
High Burnout Seen Among Cardiologists in COVID-19; Health Systems Fall Short
Survey findings show some health systems have fallen short in meeting cardiologists’ basic needs, with 41% saying they might cut back hours, change jobs or retire due to lack of health system support.
The Effects of COVID-19 on Patient Experience and Price Transparency
Ogi Kwon, of R1 Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) offers insights on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and the future of price transparency.
Hospitals in South Fare Worst in Avoiding Low-Value Tests, Analysis Finds
The analysis by the Lown Institute measures hospitals based on their performance of 12 services performed over a three-year period.
Why Health Organizations Should Take Ownership of Patient Experiences
Ogi Kwon, of R1 Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) outlines issues associated with patient experience that have direct impacts on revenue cycle management.
Ogi Kwon on the Impact of Revenue Cycle Management on Patient Experience
Ogi Kwon, of R1 Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) describes how revenue cycle processes are interrelated.
AMAZE Seeks Better Outcomes Through Digital Health, Driven by Clinicians
AstraZeneca and MGH announced their digital health partnership earlier this month, saying it would allow them to pair a patient app with a clinician dashboard to deploy remote patient monitoring and evidence-based patient care.
Under Biden, CMS Cancels Trump’s Late Extension of Texas Medicaid Waiver
The Texas Hospital Association said the unexpected move from CMS brings uncertainty to the state's safety net hospitals.
Ogi Kwon Discusses CMS's Price Transparency Rule, Consumerization of Health Care
Ogi Kwon, of R1 Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) speaks on the effectiveness of CMS' price transparency requirements and offers insights into the future of consumerization of health care.
Survey of Hospital Revenue Cycle Leaders Sees a Future of More Automation, Remote Work
Besides the ability to ramp up quicky, healthcare leaders are looking for systems that can accommodate remote work—and some predict that certain workers who fled offices due to COVID-19 will never return to traditional settings.
Digital Health Passes: Useful, if Equitable, JAMA Authors Say
Known by different names around the globe, from vaccine passports or green passes, various digital certificates confirm vaccination and negative SARS-CoV-2 test status through “confidential data transfers."
Pandemic Exacts Huge Toll on Healthcare Workers, Survey Finds
With less than half of the workers having been vaccinated and some suffering long-term effects from the stress of the past year, it’s clear from the survey results that the effects of the pandemic will be with health workers for months or years to come.
Opioid Prescribing in Community Emergency Department Fell 11% Following CDC Guidelines
Before the CDC guidelines, 45% of the patients were prescribed opioids, but that fell to 34% after the guidelines.
COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Drops, Especially Among Blacks, Survey Shows
Sentiment among Blacks has shifted markedly since February, with 55% now having had their first shot or being willing to be vaccinated.
CDC Director Speaks of “Impending Doom” As COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Rise
Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are up 10% from the prior week, causing the CDC director to warn of a fourth possible surge.
MED MOVES: Banner Makes Colorado Hire; Temple Health Buys Cancer Facility
A West Penn veteran moves to Colorado; Northwell elevates two human resources pros.
Study Details Costs of Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression in Hospitals
The calculation method used in the study accounted for heart failure and a patient’s history of opioid use, and found that that both respiratory depression and length of stay continued to cost.
Hospitals Face “Survival Mode,” as Pandemic Lingers But Need for Care Returns
Hospitals face both operational and financial challenges as the pandemic heads past the 12-month mark, according to a report based on interviews with 320 hospital administrators in 45 states.
Healthy Bottom Line: Maternity Care and Today’s Risk Environment
Healthy Bottom Line will focus on policy issues for health system decision makers.
MED MOVES: Chicago Hospital Cut Off From Vaccines Amid Questions
Media reports say Loretto Hospital administered COVID-19 vaccines at a suburban church where its CEO is a member. The event happened in early February, when shots were in short supply.
MED MOVES: Real Chemistry Puts Digital Marketing, Clinical Trials Into Single Entity
A leading digital marketing firm acquires a market access consultancy and rebrands as a "healthcare innovation" entity.
St. Luke's Lawson Discusses Bringing Vaccines to the Houston Community
St. Luke's CEO Doug Lawson, Ph.D., discusses the logistics of his health system's plan to for a large-scale vaccination event in Houston's historic Rice Stadium.
Using Behavioral Design to Make Digital Health Personal
Dr. Mitesh Patel, director of Penn Medicine's Nudge Unit, explains how a field of research rooted in economics is now bringing clinical benefits to patients within a health system.
Texas Oncology Invests in Remote Monitoring: Faster Decision-Making, More Feedback From Patients
Lalan Wilfong, MD, who leads value-based care initiatives for the 200-site oncology network, said the rollout of the Navigating Cancer platform has helped reduce incident resolution times 33%.
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