Nurse unions and labor experts agree that the pandemic was a turning point that catalyzed nurses to fight for improved working conditions and overall better treatment from their employers. By negotiating new contracts with their employers, unions are working hard to both uphold patient safety and mitigate the nursing field’s debilitating workforce shortage.
Kidney care in the U.S. needs an overhaul. Changing today’s expensive, disconnected care model requires moving from volume to value.
When facilities operate their own acute dialysis operations and no longer enlist third parties to provide treatment, they save hundreds of dollars per session. Insourcing also enables hospitals to keep trained dialysis staff on hand full-time to actively ensure quality kidney care to their patients.
A new survey revealed that 64% of clinicians feel physically unsafe at work. The perceived risk of violence was especially high among women, clinicians under age 40, emergency department physicians and employees who work with patients struggling with addiction or other mental health conditions.
M&A activity among hospitals and health systems increased in Q2 of 2023 — there were 20 deals in Q2 compared to 15 deals in Q1, according to a new report. This surge brought Q2’s M&A activity levels in line with those observed before the pandemic. Q2’s 20 deal marks the highest number of announced transactions for hospitals and health systems since Q1 of 2020.
CMS recently revealed its proposals to raise reimbursement rates for hospital outpatient departments and cut payments for physicians. Next year, the agency is planning to decrease physicians’ pay by 1.25% and increase outpatient payment rates by 2.8%. Provider groups are unhappy with the news — AMA President Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld said the new physician fee schedule will be “almost biblical in its impact.”
Northwell Health recently adopted a new system to help it better manage its contingent labor expenses — the New York-based health system is implementing Prolucent Health’s workforce platform across its 21 hospitals.
Hospitals and health systems, overburdened by pandemic-induced staff shortages, are in need of tech to improve workflows, reduce stress and save money. The claims denial process, which is a significant time suck and prone to errors, is ripe for innovation.
HCA Healthcare recently suffered a data breach affecting 1,038 hospitals and physician clinics across 20 states. The health system said hackers stole data from an external data storage location “exclusively used to automate the formatting of email messages.” It also said that the incident has not caused any disruption to HCA’s daily operations or the services it provides to patients.
As more life-extending medications come on the market, health systems have a responsibility to make meaningful changes in how they screen and reach older adults. Earlier detection could mean millions of individuals enjoy longer lives of good cognitive health.
Health systems need to turn their attention to technology that can improve staff retention by reducing employee burnout, according to HCA Divisional CIO Andy Draper. Here’s a look at what Parlance is doing to realize ROI with conversational AI.
CMS包干此外最近提出了一个90亿美元t to remedy illegal payment cuts for 340B drugs from 2018 to 2022. In general, hospital groups have reacted positively to the fact that 340B providers will receive lump sum payments but have expressed concern about CMS’ methods for maintaining budget neutrality with this plan.
Researchers at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh created and deployed a machine learning algorithm that flags patients who are at high risk for postsurgical complications. The research team recently published research validating the tool in JAMA Network Open — the study found that the health system’s model outperforms the industry standard.
Reducing C-sections that are not medically necessary will save lives and reduce complications such as excessive bleeding and infections. Only through comprehensive education and awareness can we give both mothers and obstetric care teams the tools they need to make the right decision about whether a C-section is medically indicated.