Mental health crisis: Hospital admissions for kids and young adults have doubled since 2016
A new report examining health insurance data finds sharp increases in emergency department visits, suicidal ideation and admissions for anxiety.
Nearly 3 in 4 Americans say U.S. healthcare system falls short
Most Americans say the healthcare system is overwhelming and time-consuming. Patients say they want more time with providers and find it too difficult to get appointments.
Physician, scientist and patient: Biden’s nominee to lead NIH draws praise
Healthcare leaders applauded the choice of Monica Bertagnolli, who has been leading the National Cancer Institute. She recently disclosed her own diagnosis of breast cancer.
Thousands plan to go on strike at HCA Healthcare hospitals in California next week
The workers say they are fighting for better wages and staffing. The company says it’s making preparations if a strike occurs.
How Truveta is aiming to improve health equity
The organization, formed by some of America’s top health systems, is providing more insights on the social determinants of health. Charlotte Baker of Truveta talks about how data can close disparities.
PharMerica health data breach affects more than 5.8 million people: Officials
The company has been notifying those affected. PharMerica says it isn’t aware of any identity theft or fraud.
Lawmakers push measure to spur competition in healthcare | Bills and Laws
A bipartisan effort has emerged that sponsors say would give insurers and hospitals more ability to negotiate prices.
After her conviction in a patient’s death, a nurse seeks to regain her license
RaDonda Vaught was sentenced to probation in a highly watched case. Nursing leaders denounced her conviction and warned it sends a chilling message.
Mimi Winsberg of Brightside Health talks about expanding mental health services | Data Book podcast
She talks about the opportunities to meet the needs of patients who don't have easy access to mental health services and what must be done to expand telehealth.
Hospitals and cybersecurity: The government is giving greater attention and scrutiny
The White House has issued a national strategy and authorities are going after bad actors. But federal officials are asking questions about what health systems are doing to protect themselves.
Hospitals push for preservation of free preventive services
A federal judge in Texas struck down the provision in the Affordable Care Act. Several advocacy groups filed a brief urging the court to issue a partial stay while the legal battle plays out.
The Public Health Emergency has ended. Hospitals will face some challenges.
With the federal emergency designation disappearing, health systems will see changes in funding and an end to some policies that had given providers more flexibility.
How the Scripps Health cyberattack affected other hospitals
A new study examines how the ransomware attack led to higher volume at surrounding hospitals. The authors say hospitals must develop emergency plans to respond to attacks.
If you’re a doctor, you’ve got a 1 in 3 chance of being sued
A new AMA analysis finds nearly half of all physicians age 55 and over have faced a lawsuit. Women doctors are less likely to be sued, the report said.
In a first, Healthgrades releases rankings on outpatient joint replacement
Most hospitals fared well, but there was a wide range in performance and risk of complications. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer of Healthgrades, talks about the inaugural report card.
Children, teens and social media: APA panel offers first set of guidelines
The American Psychological Association issued a list of recommendations for parents to monitor their kids’ use of social media and if it’s leading to potentially harmful behavior.
New breast cancer screening guidelines draw praise, and some criticism
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends women should start screenings at age 40. But some say the panel should have called for women to get mammograms every year.
DEA allows telehealth flexibilities to continue through at least November
The DEA put the brakes on a plan to limit the remote prescription of some controlled substances. Telehealth advocates welcomed the reprieve.
The CARE Act is leading to better patient outcomes. Hospitals can take lessons.
Most states have passed laws in recent years directing hospitals to foster more communication with caregivers. Researchers say those policies should prompt hospitals to consider more collaboration.
HHS investigates 2 hospitals for not providing emergency abortion care, and sends a message
Secretary Xavier Becerra says a patient in distress endured a ‘terrifying ordeal’ when the facilities refused to perform the procedure. He warned the agency will go after hospitals that violate federal law.
Hospital margins are more stable, but all is not well
Health systems are operating on razor thin margins, according to Kaufman Hall’s latest report. Hospitals continue to see significant challenges.
As Medicare Advantage plans surge in popularity, critics say authorization demands are rising, too
Most medical groups say the requirements have increased over the past year. Providers have been pressing the Biden administration and lawmakers for reforms.
'Tragic loss': CDC employee killed in Atlanta medical office shooting, four others wounded
The horrific incident occurred at Northside Medical Midtown, an office building that’s part of the Northside Hospital system. It's the latest in a growing number of shootings at healthcare facilities.
Treating more patients with heart failure outside the hospital
Steven Heatherly of Baptist Health in Kentucky talks about the success of heart clinics and promising results from remote patient monitoring.
The Leapfrog Group’s spring hospital safety grades find ‘dramatic’ rise in infections
Three types of infections have seen significant increases, according to the organization. CEO Leah Binder says the findings ‘should stop hospitals in their tracks.'
CommonSpirit Health completes acquisition of 5 Utah hospitals
The Catholic health system purchased the facilities from Steward Health Care. Centura Health will manage the hospitals.
From entertainment to healthcare: Sesame CEO David Goldhill discusses competition, consumers and innovation
The co-founder of an online marketplace where patients can find doctors, Goldhill talks with Chief Healthcare Executive about his journey and how the industry needs to evolve.
Loneliness leads to early death, Surgeon General warns. Health systems can help.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released a report on the epidemic of loneliness and isolation, including recommendations for providers and public health officials.
Pfizer’s Tanya Alcorn on getting ‘comfortable being uncomfortable’ | Lessons for Leaders
In this series, we’re spotlighting insights from leaders in the world of healthcare. Tanya Alcorn discusses how women can move into leadership posts.
Hospitals push back against ‘site-neutral’ Medicare funding proposals
Lawmakers and advocates are showing interest in reducing Medicare reimbursements for some services at hospital outpatient departments. Hospitals contend the cuts would reduce services for patients.
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