Healthcare Provider stories you may have missed – 09/10/20

Healthcare Provider stories you may have missed – 09/10/20

Bringing the Hospital Home

Common in Australia, hospital at home enables some healthcare services to be provided to patients directly in their homes, freeing up hospital beds for more serious conditions and bringing down the overall cost of care. Seeing room to create the same result in the U.S. several hospital-at-home startups are now bringing this model to markets and patients across the country.

Read the full story at Fast Company

The Major Metric Missing from ‘Best Hospital’ Rankings

COVID-19 is shining a light on mental illness, chronic illness, and inequities. But when it comes to the various “Best Hospital” rankings, not even one considered the work hospitals do to mitigate disparities in care and outcomes.

But this could soon change as hospitals rethink and reinvent themselves in the wake of the pandemic and the social justice movement. When it comes to “measuring what matters,” providers, payers and the entire healthcare industry have a chance to develop new metrics that assess hospital contributions to community health and equity.

Dive deeper into the data with Fortune

A New Specialty Emerges

Many coronavirus patients struggle with symptoms such as muscle aches and memory loss months after contracting the virus. As this patient population grows, medical centers have begun setting up new specialty clinics. In its first three months, Mount Sinai Health System’s post-COVID-19 clinic is seeing exponential growth. The wait for treatment is now more than two months as these so-called “long haulers” continue to battle the virus.

 Get the full story at The Wall Street Journal

Mixed Results for Nation’s Largest Nonprofit Health Systems

The second quarter captured the full weight of the pandemic’s drag on hospital operations. Many health systems experienced a drop in revenue as patient volumes decreased. At the same time, expenses are rising. With cold and flu season around the corner and the pandemic waging, it will be interesting to see how hospitals remain solvent and if consolidation across the industry will continue.

Read more in Healthcare Dive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthcare Provider stories you may have missed – 09/10/20

Healthcare provider stories you may have missed – 08/06/20

Bracing for a Fall Wave

In a livestream interview with the editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the United States will need to bring its daily coronavirus case count down to 10,000 by September to gain some level of control over the pandemic before fall.

Fauci noted that the virus follows a consistent pattern beginning with an early increase in the percentage of positive tests, followed by a surge in cases. That same “insidious increase in percent positive” that was detected across the South and the West several weeks ago is now being seen in other states, he said.

See the full interview at NBC News

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Racial Disparities in Surgical Care

The novel coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement have defined 2020 and shined a spotlight on health disparities.

New analysis of seven years of Medicare records reveals broad and enduring racial inequities regarding access to surgical care. The differences were particularly striking when it came to orthopedics and cardiovascular care with Black patients receiving surgery at lower-quality hospitals than white patients.

Dive deeper into the data with U.S. News & World Report

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Can the Healthcare Financing System Stay Viable?

Former secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin writes via Healthcare Dive, “Three significant shifts in healthcare financing are occurring as a result of the pandemic’s economic impact.” And the full brunt of the crisis may not be felt until 2022. From a shift in payer mix to the impending insolvency of Medicare, see how COVID-19 could challenge an already stressed healthcare system.

Get the full story at Healthcare Dive

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Isolation’s Impact on Elder Health

According to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, if social stress becomes chronic in elderly adults, it can impair the immune system in as little as one month. This could have a big impact on elder care as the pandemic wages on and scientists get a clearer picture of the untended consequences of isolation.

Read more in the Wall Street Journal

 

 

 

 

Healthcare provider stories you may have missed – 06/25/20

Healthcare provider stories you may have missed – 06/25/20

Pandemic Update

More than three months into the battle against COVID-19, some states are starting to think twice about re-openings as the virus spreads. Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Robert Redfield are warning lawmakers of the potential for a “tremendous burden” on hospitals as the country prepares for a second wave.

For continuous, real-time updates, follow The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/world/coronavirus-updates.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

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Primary Care in Crisis

Primary care practices were already struggling before Coronavirus hit. “It is not hyperbolic to say that the pandemic could be an extinction-level event for primary care,” says Rebecca Etz of VCU School of Medicine.

Etz and her team at the Larry A. Green Center have been conducting weekly physician surveys exploring their challenges, fears and hopes.  

Read more in Medical Economics to see how general practices can be saved and the trends we could see later this year: https://www.medicaleconomics.com/news/primary-care-practices-are-crisisheres-how-save-them

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10 Most In-Demand Medical Specialties

Family medicine is the most desired physician specialty in the U.S. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, orthopedics was the specialty with the highest annual compensation. With elective surgeries just starting to resume and primary care practices struggling to remain solvent, it will be interesting to see how these rankings change post COVID-19.

Dive deeper with Becker’s ASC Review: https://www.beckersasc.com/benchmarking/10-most-in-demand-medical-specialties-average-compensation.html

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Shortcomings at the CDC

The New York Times writes “The flawed effort was an early revelation for some health departments, whose confidence in the CDC was shaken as it confronted the most urgent public health emergency in its 74-year history….” From outdated technology, to poor data to confusion and disagreement within the administration, see what went wrong at the world’s premier health agency as America’s pandemic response struggled.

Get the full story in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/us/cdc-coronavirus.html

Healthcare provider stories you may have missed – 02/27/20

Healthcare provider stories you may have missed – 02/27/20

CDC: Start Prepping for a Coronavirus Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised that it expects the coronavirus to begin spreading at a community level in the United States. There have been 14 cases of the virus diagnosed in the U.S., all in people who traveled recently to China or their close contacts. But as the virus spreads to other countries like Iran, South Korea and Italy, we could see a bigger outbreak within our borders.

Check out the CDC’s recommendations for American businesses and families in Stat. 

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Insurer-owned Clinics Threaten Hospitals and Physician Practices

Large health insurers like UnitedHealthcare and Aetna are capitalizing on recent mergers and acquisitions by steering patients toward clinics they now own, controlling both delivery and payment for healthcare. But according to Chas Roades, a consultant at Gist Healthcare, “It’s very worrisome for hospitals. Suddenly, the plan you’re relying on for payment is also competing with you at the front end of the delivery system.”

Read more in the Wall Street Journal

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Beneath the Hospital Gown

In stark contrast to the meaning and feelings conveyed by the doctor’s white coat, hospital gowns make patients feel exposed, vulnerable and stripped of their identity. In this op-ed, Dr. Ersilia M. DeFilippis writes, “It’s as if the concept of the hospital gown is so irrevocably tied to what it means to be a patient that we haven’t considered the patient experience without it. We could empower patients and family members to bring in their own clothes, in the same way that we encourage them to bring in pictures or other mementos. This small act can go a long way with respect to physical and emotional healing.”

Dive deeper in The New York Times.

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What’s Behind America’s High Maternal Mortality Rate?

The maternal death rate and heart disease are inextricably linked, but according to Nandita Scott, at Massachusetts General Hospital it’s not standard for cardiologists to be trained on pregnant women. Why not? And what’s being doing to combat this alarming trend?

Learn more in Bloomberg

Healthcare provider stories you may have missed – 06/25/20

Healthcare provider stories you may have missed – 01/30/20

Coronavirus Outbreak Worsens

Chinese officials confirmed more than 7,000 cases of the mysterious illness and the death toll continues to climb. Foreign governments are airlifting citizens out the hot zone and international airlines cancelled flights to China. This week the World Health Organization will again consider whether to declare the Wuhan outbreak a public health emergency as the virus show signs of spreading overseas.

For live updates on the outbreak, check out The New York Times

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Does Care Improve Post-Merger?

Hospital consolidation continues to surge and executives leading the merger-and-acquisition activity often make the case that greater size will boost quality of care. But new research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that’s not the case. In fact, patient-satisfaction scores worsened at acquired hospitals, on average.

Dive deeper into the data with the Wall Street Journal

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Can I Get a Lyft to the Hospital?

The ride-sharing company Lyft and Northern California hospital giant Sutter Health recently announced a new partnership to customize “individual transportation programs” for the hospital’s patients and health system employees. During a “test run” of the program, patients discharged from Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center Pacific campus emergency department were offered rides “to a location of their choice,” and the program cut wait times from 23 minutes to just three minutes.

Check out the full story in Forbes

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The Next Phase of Value-Based Care

We’re a full decade into the value-based care transition and progress is still slow. One in three healthcare payments flow through an APM, according to the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network (LAN). But fee-for-service still dominates, so what does the next-phase of value-based care look like?

Experts explore what the future holds for alternative payment models in RevCycle Intelligence