Employers cite growing concerns about mental health of workers, survey finds
More large companies reported greater challenges with anxiety and depression. Some employers are expressing a bit less enthusiasm for telehealth.
Gender-affirming surgeries have risen 'dramatically': Study
Researchers point to the need to ensure the appropriate care for transgender patients, even as the procedures have been restricted in some states.
Gozio aims to help hospitals connect with patients and staff
The digital health company is offering more customized experiences on its platform, including options designed to help health systems engage and retain workers.
Lessons from a doctor fighting cancer: ‘It’s really scary to be a patient’ | Data Book podcast
Arti Masturzo, the chief medical officer of CCS, talks about her diagnosis of breast cancer and how the healthcare industry needs to do better for patients.
ChatGPT fares well on eye care questions, study finds
Researchers found that the answers generally matched responses from ophthalmologists in terms of accuracy. They stress that more study is needed.
Fewer breaches, more victims: Health systems face evolving threats from cyberattacks
The number of health data breaches dropped in the first half of 2023, but more people are being affected, a new report from Critical Insight says. Analysts say attackers are shifting tactics.
Long covid symptoms and risks can persist for two years: Study
Those who had been hospitalized face higher risks of death and complications, but even those with milder infections could see organ damage, researchers say.
Kristine Olson of Yale New Haven Hospital on wellness: If it's not addressed, people will leave
She talks about the importance of improving the health of the workforce, the links to patient care and financial health, and the value of a wellness officer.
Protecting patients in a cyberattack: Guidance from The Joint Commission
The commission outlines several steps for maintaining care and services. A key point: Hospitals should prepare to operate under downtime procedures for weeks.
Healthcare mergers: Expecting more in 2024
Despite a few big deals and a flurry of hospital transactions, healthcare merger activity has dipped. KPMG’s Ross Nelson sees potential for the pace to pick up.
Oregon Health & Science University, Legacy Health plan to merge
Legacy, which has been struggling financially, will become part of OHSU. If the deal is approved by regulators, they would form a 10-hospital system.
As maternal deaths rise, NIH establishes new research centers
The nation’s prime source of federal aid for medical research hopes to address the nation’s high rate of maternal mortality and complications.
How health systems can use technology to evolve: Interview with Hadi Chaudhry of CareCloud
In a spirited conversation, he talks about the ways health systems, hospitals and leaders can find greater efficiencies and profitability.
Improving pediatric emergency care: ‘We need to do better’
Hospitals should be more prepared to care for children in emergency departments, researchers say. Terry Foster of the Emergency Nurses Association talks about what can be done.
More cancers found in those under 50, with women seeing higher increases
Researchers also found higher rates among Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans. They say the findings should be a ‘call to action’ for more research and different treatment
Emergency Nurses Association president: Violence has reached level ‘I’ve never seen’
Nurses are being assaulted and treated with hostility with alarming regularity, Terry Foster says. He calls violence in emergency departments 'a tremendous problem.'
SSM Health partners with Siemens Healthineers to improve care and train workers
The organizations touted enhanced diagnostic and imaging services aimed at improving health equity, as well as efforts to train more radiologic technologists.
How WellSpan Health is reducing harmful events: ‘Safety is everyone’s obsession’
The Pennsylvania system’s chief quality officer discusses how they saw significant improvements in patient safety, from empowering employees to improving processes.
Medical groups say they need relief from insurers’ 'predatory' EFT fees
Two out of three practices say they didn’t agree to the fees for electronic payments. The MGMA is asking Congress for help.
Hospitals are seeing better margins, but how much can they improve?
Health systems are starting to see higher volumes and revenue. Steve Wasson of Syntellis Performance Solutions thinks a return to pre-pandemic levels is possible.
Ochsner Health’s chief wellness officer ties health of hospital staff to patient safety
Nigel Girgrah of Ochsner talks about expanding wellness efforts, building support, and how it relates to improving care for patients.
Nursing leader welcomes $100M to train nurses, but says industry still faces crisis
The president of the American Nurses Association applauded the Biden administration for the grants, but said nurses still face violence, burnout and low wages.
Hospital workers and well-being: ‘It’s a problem with our industry and it’s ours to fix’
The health of an organization’s staff has a direct impact on both patient care and the bottom line, wellness experts say. They outline some steps to help.
Biden administration directs $100M to expand nursing workforce
The Department of Health and Human Services announced grants to increase the number of registered nurses, nurse midwives and nurse faculty.
Keith Gray of University of Tennessee Medical Center talks about ‘servant leadership’ | Lessons for Leaders
The president of UT Medical Center will take over as CEO in the spring. He discusses the idea that people can lead in any role, finding solutions, and the development of a leadership academy for physicians.
Senators ask IRS to see if nonprofit hospitals are abusing tax-exempt status
The bipartisan group, including Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Grassley, say that health systems receive billions in breaks but are cutting services and acting aggressively to collect debts.
These hospitals received high marks for consumer loyalty and patient experience
NRC Health announces the recipients of its 2023 awards for consumer loyalty and patient experience.
University of Tennessee Medical Center’s new leader talks about transforming health
Keith Gray became UTMC’s president in July, and he’ll take over as CEO next spring. He talks about patient care, health equity and why he’s ready to tackle the challenge of improving outcomes.
Bipartisan group of senators seeks to prevent ‘drastic cuts’ to hospitals
In October, a key Medicaid program for safety net hospitals is slated to be cut by $8 billion. Lawmakers say it could threaten the viability of hospitals and reduce care to those who need it most.
James Quarles of Redesign Health talks about starting healthcare companies | Data Book podcast
The former CEO of Strava is now a venture chair for Redesign Health, which has launched dozens of companies. He talks about the ingredients for success and some all-too-common mistakes.
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