Bipartisan measure aims to protect hospital workers from violence | Bills and Laws
Advocates want healthcare workers to get federal protection, similar to airline employees. Healthcare leaders say more doctors, nurses and other staffers have been attacked in recent years.
As Medicaid cuts draw closer, hospitals look to Congress for help
Beginning in October, a key program offering federal funds to safety net hospitals is slated for a reduction of $8 billion. More than 250 hospitals have asked Senate and House leaders to block the cuts.
Florida hospital system completes merger
University of Florida Health has brought Flagler Health+ into the academic system. It will now be known as UF Health St. Johns.
For nurses and doctors struggling with mental health, ‘You are not alone’
With the observance of National Suicide Prevention Week, Sarah Wells of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses talks about self-care, getting help and how hospitals can help their staff.
Hospitals push for bigger federal payments for outpatient care
Advocates for health systems say a CMS proposal is insufficient, as hospitals continue to grapple with higher costs.
Aspirus Health CEO Matt Heywood talks about the system’s rapid growth
In an interview with Chief Healthcare Executive, he discusses the planned merger with St. Luke’s in Duluth, buying several hospitals from Ascension and expanding care in rural areas.
Geisinger and the Geek Squad: Expanding home care with Best Buy Health
The health system and the retailer have seen good results in remote care management. Best Buy has been aiming to make a mark in healthcare.
‘Unconscionable’: Hospitals, doctors implore CMS to avert cuts for physician payments
The American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the Medical Group Management Association say the reductions would hurt providers.
‘Lifesaving’: Advocates for those with disabilities hail rule to bar discrimination in healthcare
The government has proposed new steps to ensure providers aren’t denying services. Advocates say people with disabilities too often encounter hurdles to get care.
Preparing for hurricanes and severe weather: Lessons from Tampa General Hospital
The large hospital avoided damage from Hurricane Idalia. The organization has developed detailed plans to deal with flooding, power losses and other disruptions from storms.
Telehealth and nursing homes: 9 takeaways from a key study
Researchers completed the first comprehensive analysis on telemedicine in skilled nursing facilities. Many nursing homes aren’t utilizing virtual visits.
Penn Medicine announces first director for LGBTQ+ Health, and more | MED MOVES
Duke Health names the organization's first chief data scientist and other leaders take new roles.
HSHS, Prevea Health work to recover from cyberattack
The midwestern hospital system and the physician group are striving to restore full systems. They’re caring for patients, but some services have been affected.
Two Wisconsin hospital systems move closer to merger
The boards of Froedtert Health and ThedaCare have approved an agreement to form a combined system with 18 hospitals. They plan to come together at the start of the new year.
Pediatric emergency care: Black children are more likely to die
Disparities persist in mortality by race, researchers found. Improved readiness for pediatric care in hospitals appears to reduce disparities, but a gap still remains.
Augmedix works with HCA Healthcare on using AI for medical notes
The company is working with the hospital system to help physicians have an easier time with documenting patient encounters. The firm’s CEO sees potential beyond documentation.
To make progress on health equity, leaders must ‘play the long game’
Pritesh Gandhi, chief community health officer of Walmart, says hospitals and healthcare organizations need to work on long-term solutions, which is admittedly difficult.
TV ad urges Congress to prevent billions in cuts to hospitals
The 30-second spot, which is slated to appear nationally starting today, warns that reduced federal aid will hurt patient care.
Walmart’s chief community health officer sees the chance to ‘redefine health’
In an interview with Chief Healthcare Executive, Pritesh Gandhi talks about addressing the social drivers of health at a large scale.
Legislation could add more scrutiny to healthcare mergers | Bills and Laws
A bipartisan bill would potentially give the Department of Health and Human Services a role in weighing the impact of hospital and healthcare consolidations.
Delaware Healthcare Association announces new CEO, and more | MED MOVES
The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals announces a new chief executive officer, and other leaders earn new roles.
Walgreens CEO steps down. What’s next?
The pharmacy chain says that Rosalind Brewer and the board mutually agreed on her exit. The company is now seeking a leader with a deep background in healthcare.
Feds unveil new staffing requirements for nursing homes: Impact and reactions
The government says the proposal will help residents and staff. Nursing homes and hospitals say the move could force some facilities to close.
In Oregon, a nurse staffing law is now in effect. Will it happen nationwide?
The Oregon measure sets minimum levels in all hospitals. Other states are looking at nurse staffing levels, and lawmakers in Congress have introduced legislation.
Amid flooding from Hurricane Idalia, Tampa General Hospital avoids damage
The hospital used its ‘AquaFence’ to protect the main campus, even as Tampa suffered some flooding. The hospital resumed normal operations and said it’s ready to aid those in hard-hit areas.
Hurricane Idalia causes Florida hospitals to evacuate, move patients
Some hospitals had to close facilities and delay procedures due to the powerful storm.
Hospitals see drop in patient volume and revenue
Health systems saw declines in both inpatient and outpatient care in July. Hospitals are likely to still see some challenges in the near future, according to Kaufman Hall.
University of Tennessee Medical Center president: ‘It’s not about me’ | My Favorite Mistake
Keith Gray, who became UTMC president in July, says he learned that he needed to focus on the needs of others as a leader.
Biden administration unveils 10 drugs for price negotiations: Takeaways and reactions
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services named the first prescription drugs selected for negotiation. The president has made lowering healthcare costs a top priority, but the impact of this remains to be seen.
James Quarles: Build a ‘culture of scrappiness’ | Lessons for Leaders
A venture chair at Redesign Health, Quarles says young companies should start small, stay focused, and be sure they have a product that fits the market.
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