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Items of Interest: 2016

   
  • Health coverage bite keeps getting bigger (Detroit News)
  • Hospitals cutting admission time of psychiatric patients (Crains)
  • Health care sector gets a near-failing grade on cybersecurity (Miami Herald)
  • One Size Does Not Fit All Hospitals: CMS ratings offer an overly simplistic picture of hospital quality (US News)
  • Half of Obamacare customers cut back on care to manage costs, study says (CNBC)
  • Providers: In-home care unlikely after Eureka nursing home closures (Eureka Times-Standard)
  • Catholic Health Initiatives, Dignity Health in Merger Talks: would create one of the nation’s largest nonprofit hospital systems by revenue (WSJ)
  • Emergency Departments a 'Dumping Ground' for Psych Patients (Medscape)
  • Maryland State regulators approve construction of new Prince George’s Hospital (WP)   
  • Nursing Home Group Sues U.S. Government Over New Lawsuit Rule (NPR)
  • The Five Largest Public Healthcare Companies Based In Nashville (BisNow)
  • CMS: Rural Healthcare Faces Hospital Revenue Cycle Challenges (RevCycle)
  • Total Joint Arthroplasty in a Stand-alone Ambulatory Surgical Center: Short-term Outcomes (OrthoSpineNews)
  • Medical Center Hospital to no longer offer health insurance to retirees (ABC 9 KTRE)
  • Community Health Sells Home Care and Hospice Business (WSJ)
  • State approves controversial $1 billion expansion project for Children's Hospital (Fox25Boston)
  • Regulators defend Idaho's nursing home inspection system (AP, KTVB)
  • Pharmaceuticals are driving high cost of medical care, report and hospitals say (INFORUM)
  • Community Health Systems Faces Heat From Investor (WSJ)
  • Denver Health will start texting more patients about their health care (Denver Post)
  • Report: Drug costs on the rise for hospitals (Healthcare Business Tech)
  • Nursing home health care execs accused in multimillion-dollar fraud scheme (USA)
  • Task force releases recommendations to improve nursing home care (Sentinel)
  • In search of stability, Community Health Systems unloads hospitals (Nashville Business Journal)
  • Feds give nursing-home patients right to sue over safety, care (Seattle Times)
  • Two more healthcare networks caught up in outbreak of hospital ransomware (ARS Technica)
  • Syracuse hospital has lowest death rate in NY for heart valve operations (Syracuse.com)
  • Make room for lawyers at the hospital C-suite table (Fierce Health)
  • Patients’ time at home after a stroke varies by hospital (Rueters)
  • For sale? The latest hospital chain that owns St. Petersburg's Bayfront Health needs a bailout (Tampa Bay Times)
  • CPOE effectiveness varies among pediatric hospitals (Fierce Health)
  • Would You Like Some Insurance With Your Insurance? (KHN)
  • UPMC-backed company to offer telemedicine in nursing homes (Pittsburgh Business Journal)
  • Troubled hospital chain Community Health explores options (St. Louis Dispatch)
  • CFour Metro Detroit hospital systems push for public transit millage (MLive)
  • Judge dismisses federal lawsuit accusing Florida of 'warehousing' kids in SNFs (McKnights)
  • MS: Public health agencies/registries must report data to EHR readiness repository (AHA News)
  • Oregon Hospital report shows success in some areas (The Bulletin)
  • U-M Health System to affiliate with Metro Health (Detroit Free Press)
  • UF Health Jacksonville challenges Orange Park trauma unit in continuation of long-running dispute (Florida Times-Union)
  • The Top Five Most Costly Inpatient Conditions (Medscape)
    • Statistical Brief 204: National Inpatient Hospital Costs: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2013 (HCUP)
  • Healthcare service providers Envision, AmSurg to merge (Reuters)
  • Cuts threaten financial health of Kansas hospitals, physician practices (Opinion: The Emporia Gazette)
  • Officials: Labor dispute won't hurt state hospital services (AP)
  • FTC Takes Action to Block Hospital Mergers (The Legal Intelligencer )
  • Study Links Safe Patient Handling with Decline in Hospital Worker Injuries (Insurance Journal)
  • Four Delaware health systems form new alliance (The News Journal -Delaware Online)
  • Infographic: Hospital Health IT Use in Maryland (HIN)
  • New ER will increase access to health care in north Baton Rouge, OLOL officials say (Baton Rouge Business Report)
  • Get a new body part and go home the same day: the rise of the ‘bedless hospital’ (STAT)
  • CMS Issues Final Rule to Increase Facilities' Emergency Preparedness (OH&S)
    • Health Care Providers Scramble to Meet New Disaster Readiness Rule (NYT)
  • Gaps in Care Persist During Transition From Hospital to Home (EMSWorld)
  • Extending primary care hours is linked to fewer emergency department visits (AAAS)
  • Chicago hospital tries to improve health of ER 'super-utilizers' — with housing (Chicago Tribune)
  • Patient care can improve with technology in nursing homes (Scienmag)
  • Hospice care improves patient experience (Business Insider/Rueters)
  • Trial begins in antitrust suit against Brevard's Health First (Orlando Sentinel)  
  • Aetna joins other health insurers in scaling back Obamacare participation (The Post Standard)
  • Highmark ranks nursing homes, will cut out bad ones (Penn Live)
  • Maryland health chief says it was mistake not to seek more money for mental health beds (Baltimore Sun)
  • Do Hospital Rankings Really Matter? (Boston Magazine)
  • Unregulated Growth of Trauma Care Centers Results in Poorer Outcomes (HealthLeaders Media)
  • Hospitals get hit with Medicare penalties (Naples Daily News)
  • Study: Minnesota hospitals overused for mental health care (Duluth News Tribune)
  • How much are you saving for retirement? Did you include $130K for health care? (Kansas City Star/Bloomberg)
  • Banner Health alerts 3.7M potential victims of hack of its computers (PC World)
  • Trauma Center Outcomes Are a Function of Patient Volume (Science Daily / Univ. of Pittsburgh)
  • Long-Term Acute Care: Where Does It Fit in the Health Care Continuum? (AJCC)
  • Texas hospitals to get more than $9.5 million to expand health care workforce (Dallas Morning News)
  • $1B Medicare Fraud Scheme, Biggest So Far (CBS Miami)
  • Massachusetts Set to Slash Funding of Its Healthcare Cost Containment Agency (The Boston Globe)
  • Budgets Strained, States Move More Patients Out of Nursing Homes (RI NPR)
  • More Older Americans Cared for at Home (USNews)
  • Direct contracting with hospitals cuts employers’ health care costs (Dallas Business Journal)
  • Home health becoming extension of hospital care (Lexington Herald)
  • Oklahoma Department of Health steps in to make sure nursing homes not impacted by financial troubles (KOCO.com)
  • Montana  Negotiates Cost-saving Pricing with Large Hospitals (Flathead Beacon)
  • Hospital groups demand CMS postpone star ratings ... again (Modern Healthcare)
  • Insurer says Vermont’s two largest hospitals should cut prices (vtdigger.org)
  • Applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to transform health care supply chain (Phys.org)
  • Northwell takes over Coney Island Hospital's troubled lab following fatal mistake (Modern Healthcare)
  • Texas A&M planning to create medical school for physician engineers (KBTX.com) JS Hospital to improve health care delivery (The Express)
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  • Maryland health regulators approve hospital rates increase (WTOP)
    • Maryland State panel to consider increases in hospital rates  (Baltimore Sun)
  • Paramedics face hard choices at nursing homes (Rueter's)
  • Number crunchers caught up in health care wars (The Bulletin)
  • Healthcare Moving From Hospital to Home (MSN)
  • Hospitals' biggest deadbeat: Illinois (Crain's)
  • Legislative Changes to CON in TN (Herald Citizen)  
  • Md.'s Onetime Mental Hospitals Cost the State Millions of Dollars Annually (Southern Maryland Online)
  • Rural Colorado hospitals fear veto of mental health bill (Durango Herald)
  • Interdisciplinary rounds: A must for hospitals committed to quality (Fierce Health)
  • Hopeful Medicaid 'Direct Primary Care' Pilot Embraced by Senate, Gutted by House (Michigan Capitol Confidential)  
  • School health insurance consortium extends Highmark contract (PPG)
  • Assaulting a health care professional in Utah may now carry a felony charge (Deseret News)
  • When It Comes to Making Patients Safer, Is a Hospital's 'Safety Culture' That Important? (Science Daily)
  • Hospital pricing compromise bill slashes funding for health research agency (Mass Live)
  • Insurer’s Decision To Drop Bronze Plans Prompts Concerns (KHN)
  • Health system grows heart and lung transplant program (Grand Rapids Business Journal)
  • Health Care Providers Embrace Telemedicine (Twin Cities Business)
  • Oklahoma Health Care Authority: No Cuts To Nursing Homes (News on 6)  
  • An inside look at Ohio co-op InHealth's demise (Columbus Business)
  • How value-differentiating strategies can address healthcare cost and quality (Becker's Healthcare)
  • State Approves Plantation General Hospital’s Move To NSU (CBS Miami)
  • FTC Suffers Setback in Campaign to Slow the Rising Tide of Healthcare Consolidations (JDSupra)
  • How Oregon patients can get a better read on their hospital costs (Portland Business Journal)
  • Senators hear about health care cuts proposed for next year (Miami Herald)
  • For hospitals, prestige leads to profits (Cincinnati.com )
  • Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the US (CBS Philly)
  • Half of US Hospitals Lose Money on Patient Care (NPQ)
  • Health Care Price Transparency Tool Fails To Decrease Costs (Twin Cities Business)
  • Rounds, tribes demand Indian Health Service audit (Argus Leader)
  • The nation’s teaching hospitals are under threat (Washington Post)
  • Southcoast Health, Care New England hospital groups take big step in merger talks (Southcoast Today)
  • Internists Say GME Funding Undermines Primary Care (Medscape)
  • Health care is being upended and it’s having a big impact in Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
  • 6 new nursing home quality measures to shed light on short-term stays (Healthcare Dive)
  • Verizon, striking unions at impasse as health benefits to expire (Yahoo News)
  • Healthcare agencies, local officials celebrate opening of C3356 Comprehensive Care Center (Mountain Xpress)
  • Hospitalists: Riding the Wave of Changes in Healthcare (Medscape)
  • Healthcare shocker: These insurers are making money on Obamacare (LA Times)
  • When a nonprofit health system outsources its ER, debt collectors follow (St. Louis Dispatch)
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases: Hospitals faced with new challenges as illnesses return (Fierce Health)
  • Medicare Delays Plans For New Star Ratings On Hospitals After Outcry (US News)
  • Colorado Marijuana Report Reveals Increase in Hospital Visits After Legalization (ABC News)  
  • UnitedHealthcare to exit most Obamacare exchanges (CNN)
  • At Teaching Hospitals, Aggressive Screening May Lead To Medicare Penalties (KHN)  
  • LSU Hospital Operator May Proceed with Antitrust Suit Against Competing Health System (National Law Review)  
  • Kidney stone patients hospitalized on the weekend may get delayed treatment (Science Daily)
  • Excellus BCBS study explores alternatives for preventable emergency room visits but ACEP says findings are misleading (Fierce Health)
  • Cancer Care Has Not Overtaken Overall Healthcare Costs, Clarifies Milliman Study (AJMC)
  • Colonoscopies, Mammograms And Childbirth Are Americans’ Most-Shopped Health Services (WBUR - NPR)
  • Montana suppliers struggle with Medicare payment, bidding program for certain medical equipment (Missoulian)
  • Uphill FTC fight for big Chicago-area health systems (Crain's)
  • Medicare Payment Reform: Hospitals Cannot Succeed Without Medicare Data (Health Affairs Blog)
  • Hospital readmission penalties approaching for nursing home patients (MedicalXpress)
  • Elements of MedStar Health attack mirror ransomware warned about by FBI (Fierce Health)
  • Hospital Cyberattack Highlights Health Care Vulnerabilities (ABC News)
  • New federally led task forces to crack down on nursing home abuses (Modern Healtcare)
  • Unplanned hospital readmissions remain a problem (Leominster Champ)
  • Most hospital leaders think major reforms needed to survive (Fierce Health)
  • Federal cuts for Florida healthcare mean hospitals — including Jackson Memorial — could lose millions (Miami Herald)
  • Massachusetts Hospital Association Votes Against Cannabis Ballot Measure (Business Times)
  • Hospital deregulation efforts fail in Virginia legislature (Washington Post)
  • CYBERATTACK ON HEALTH: What local hospitals are doing to protect your medical records (Duluth News Tribune)
  • 29 Massachusetts Hospitals Commit to Antibiotic Stewardship Through Food Purchasing (Market Wired)
  • Home Birth Rates Have Significantly Increased, But Are They Any Safer Than A
  • Hospital Delivery? (Medical Daily)
  • Health Care Providers Should Publish Physician Ratings (NEJM Catalyst)
  • Colorado AG gives OK to controversial hospital provider fee move (Denver Post)
  • Supreme Court sides with insurer, against Vermont in data-sharing case (Modern Healthcare)
  • Nursing shortage in the United States (Wichita Eagle)
  • These NJ towns are now challenging hospitals' tax-free status  (NJ.com)
  • Underfunding and Understaffing Lead to Poorer Outcomes for Safety-Net Hospitals (HealthLeaders Media)
  • Study finds no evidence that decline in rehospitalizations is due to increase in observation admissions (Fierce Health)
  • Conflicting Ratings For Home Health Agencies Can Be Puzzling (NPR)
  • Women Increasingly Having Outpatient Mastectomies, New Federal Data Show (KHN) 
  • NY struggles to fine nursing homes, audit says (Ithaca Journal)
  • Medicare Advantage faces less pressure to cut benefits (Star Telegram)
  • Mental health: Task force identifies ways to improve access to care (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Pivotal Massachusetts Nursing Home Suit  Raises a Simple Question: Who Signed the Contract? (NYT)
  • High-level management failures doomed HealthCare.gov (FCW)
  • Federal rule could change how hospitals prepare for emergencies: 7 things to know (Becker's)
  • Hospital's Patient Record System Hit by  Ransom Hackers (The Atlantic) HCA hospitals sue Molina Healthcare over emergency room payments (Miami Herald)  
  • The Challenges Of Rewarding Value Over Volume Without Penalizing Safety-Net Hospitals (Health Affairs)
  • Public-Hospital Network Aims for Recovery (WSJ)
  • Virginia Health Information Publishes Hospital Cardiac Report (PR Newswire)
  • Artificial Intelligence Reduces Hospital Admissions (Health IT Outcomes)
  • Predictive software can identify risk of dangerous diseases (Science Daily)
  • 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare (Becker's)
  • Hackers target 2 more Southern California hospitals (KPCC)
  • Early Discharge Of Mental Health Patient Jeopardizes Emporia Hospital’s Medicare Payments (KCUR.Org)
  • Population health: N.J. hospital systems move care into communities (NJ.Com)
  • Michigan law would require hospitals to post list of fees for services (Modern Healthcare)
  • Wall Street dips as healthcare lags before U.S. Fed statement (Reuters)
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  • Feds wrap up national probe into cardiac devices; 51 more hospitals settle (Modern Healthcare)
  • Intensive care needed for NYC’s public hospitals  (NY Daily News)
  • Hospital funding to be cut even in best-case scenarios in Louisiana (The Times-Picayune)
  • Alabama puts hospitals at forefront of Medicaid managed care (USA Today)
  • In hospital as inpatient, or for observation? Your cost might differ (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Hospital rating and ranking websites with Public Access 2016  (The Sentinel Cumberlink)
  • 20 major companies band together to control cost of employee health benefits (Becker's)
  • Blue Cross parent axes workers on heels of Obamacare losses (Modern Healthcare)
  • Licking Wounds, Insurers Accelerate Moves To Limit Health-Law Enrollment (KHN)
  • Put the ‘Community’ Back Into Community Hospital Bankruptcies (Wall Street Journal) 
  • Competition Vs. Quality Of Care In Health Care Dispute  (Hartford Courant)
  • Why you should be skeptical about an 'Uber for healthcare' (LA Times )
  • Reforming Federal Oversight Of Medical Devices Won’t Be Easy (KHN)
  • Maryland: Innovative Health Care Partnership Launches to Reduce Hospital Visits  (Fierce Health)
  • Congress grapples with spending $500 million on mental health (WIAT)
  • Allegheny Health Network condemns UPMC plan to build South Hills hospital (Tribune Review)
  • Healthgrades Issues Its List of the Top 5% of Hospitals (Healthgrades)
  • Disability group: Stop citing waiting lists to oppose Medicaid expansion (KHN)
  • Partnership aims to reduce hospital admissions for mental health conditions (Crains Detroit Business)
  • UPMC inks deal with Utah firm to calculate health costs (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
  • Feds: South Carolina should stop regulating health care investments (Post & Courier)
  • Public-hospital system chief calls for support to keep afloat (Crain's New York)
  • Ruling throws Illinois hospitals' tax exemptions in question (Chicago Tribune)
  • California regulators are urged to scrutinize health insurance mega-mergers (Los Angeles Times)
  • Kennedy Health tells competing hospital 'not in my back yard (NJ.com)
  • At the Hospital, Better Responses to Those Beeping Alarms (WSJ)
  • St. Mary's Hospital closes in north-central Illinois (The Times-Ottawa,IL)
  • City of Las Cruces to consider mental health hospital (Albuquerque Journal)  
  • Indiana University Health leaders think the centralized ambulance call service can improve their relationship with other hospitals (Indianapolis BJ)
  • Predictive analytics in healthcare helps improve OR utilization (HealthIT)
  • Novant seeking approval for $45.6M project to expand Huntersville hospital (Charlotte Business Journal)
  • As Home Births Rise in the U.S., New Study Explores Risks (Scientific American)
  • Hospital consolidation among top 2015 health stories in Georgia (Athens Banner)
  • California hospitals will be required to rope in family caregivers (Modern Healthcare)
  • Many medications actually became cheaper this year — but that doesn’t mean Americans are paying less overall (Washington Post)
  • Tax-Exempt Hospitals Face Payments to Host Towns in New Jersey(Bloomberg)
  • 10 big healthcare business stories in 2015  (Fierce Health)
  • Winter exacerbates safety net hospitals' readmission challenges (NJ Business Journal)
  • Health Care Costs More in Cities with Fewer Hospitals (TIME)
  • Many Hospitals Neglect Practices To Combat ER Overcrowding, Study Finds (KHN)
  • The lone profitable ACA exchange now losing millions and suspending enrollment (Manteca Bulletin)
  • CMS Penalizes 758 Hospitals Over Hospital-Acquired Conditions (California Healthline)
  • Obamacare leaves middle-income Ohioans struggling to afford care, analysis shows (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • Building healthier hospitals (Philly.com)
  • KC Health Care Foundation wins legal judgment against HCA  (Kansas City Star)
  • The new health care: Hospitals want to keep you out of hospitals (Dallas Morning News)
  • Hospital a Done Deal? Possibly. In Illinois, Hospital Closure No Longer Requires a CON (The Times, Ottawa, Ill)
  • Unexpected questions can change a "free" wellness visit into an expensive diagnostic one (US News)

 

   

Items of Interest: 2015

   

 

 
 

 

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