VA vs. private hospitals

Healthcare ECONOMIST

How do efficiently is care provided for patients at Veteran Affairs’ hospitals as compared to private hospitals? This is not an easy question to answer as the composition of patients differs between these hospitals.

Hospital Cost Tool and Resources

NASHP

Understanding Hospital Costs. As health care spending continues to rise — with the largest proportion of those expenditures on hospital services — states and other purchasers are seeking to better understand and address hospitals’ costs. Hospital Cost Tool.

How surgicalist programs bolster hospital marketing

Health Care Dive

Learn how the introduction of a surgicalist program can yield valuable marketing opportunities for your hospital

Hospital lobbying against Medicare cuts intensifies

Health Care Dive

Hospital interests are sending letters to top congressional leadership and even launching ad campaigns in a bid to stave off pending Medicare cuts

'Most socially responsible' hospitals ranked

Healthcare Dive

The Lown Institute index, which measures hospitals with metrics such as value and health equity, found that the best performers were often located in smaller communities

Does hospital crowding matter?

Healthcare ECONOMIST

As the rates of COVID-19 increased the burden on hospitals in the early months of the pandemic, hospitals were decry a lack of beds and pressure on staff. While COVID-19 is of course a very acute case of over-crowding, a more general question is how much does hospital crowding impact health outcomes. The outcomes of interest were 7-day unplanned readmission and 30-day in-hospital mortality. Hospitals Operations Research Overcrowding Readmissions

CMS guides hospitals on co-location of staff, services

Health Care Dive

The agency's final guidance on the practice of sharing resources in an effort to improve provider efficiency drew praise from the American Hospital Association

Nurses at Massachusetts Tenet hospital ratify contract, ending 9-month strike

Health Care Dive

The deal includes some staffing improvements that were top priorities for nurses, including limits on how many patients can be assigned in certain hospital units, along with wage increases, the union said

Geographic Disparities in United States Hospital Capacity

Healthcare ECONOMIST

The authors used data from Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), American Hospital Association Survey, Hospital Compare, and American Community Survey data and find that: Non-Hispanic Black individuals live in zip codes supplied, on average, 0.11 However, the hospitals supplying this capacity have 0.36 Zip codes in the most urban parts of America have the least hospital capacity (2.11 Hospitals Health disparities Hospital Capacity

What Hospital Success Looks Like Under Value-Based Care

HIT Consultant

Hospitals are increasingly turning to value-based care initiatives to transform care delivery, lower the total cost of care, and improve patient outcomes. Here are five ways hospitals can use technology to succeed under value-based care: 1. Reduce hospital admissions.

Alvarado Hospital

nThrive

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New Jersey hospitals appeal FTC merger challenge

Health Care Dive

Hackensack Meridian Health, the largest health system in New Jersey, wants to to acquire a close competitor. The Federal Trade Commission won an injunction to stop the deal, which is now headed to an appeals court

Healthgrades Releases Top 24 Hospitals Leading Early COVID Care

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Healthgrades announced its Leading Hospitals in Early COVID Care list of the top 24 U.S. hospitals that provided exceptional care while treating the highest volumes of coronavirus patients during the first wave of the pandemic. Hospitals across the U.S.

Hospitals clamp down on elective surgeries as COVID-19 surges

Health Care Dive

Cleveland Clinic, Banner Health and other hospital systems are pausing nonessential procedures, while provider groups issued a joint statement Friday declaring that doctors and nurses are exhausted and heartbroken

Public vs. private insurer hospital reimbursement rates

Healthcare ECONOMIST

Recently the CBO published a report compared the rates public and private insurers pay to hospitals for inpatient services, for services at hospital outpatient departments (HOPD), and at ambulatory surgical centers (ASC). Hospital data was also linked to AHRQ’s Compendium of U.S.

Biden administration to send military medical personnel to overwhelmed hospitals

Health Care Dive

As the omicron variant spreads rapidly, the White House is mobilizing federal agencies to assist hospitals and states in the latest wave of infection

Beware the Holiday Hospital

Baird Group

Years ago, I heard a healthcare leader talk about the four hospitals within every hospital. He said that there was the daytime hospital, the nighttime hospital, the weekend hospital, and the holiday hospital.

Delta patients clog hospitals, spur more procedure delays

Health Care Dive

Intermountain is the latest system to announce it's putting non-emergency procedures back on hold at 13 of its hospitals, and expects the pause to last several weeks, CEO Marc Harrison said Friday

Hospital Cost Tool

NASHP

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Hospitals' labor expenses rose again just before omicron arrival, report finds

Health Care Dive

Expenses outpaced revenue growth as hospitals continued grappling with nationwide staffing shortages in November, according to Kaufman Hall

HCA sells another Georgia hospital, with $637M price tag

Health Care Dive

The latest deal means the system will no longer have a footprint in the northwest part of the state after completing a divestiture plan of offloading hospitals surrounding the Atlanta area

Nursing union says hospitals aren't following OSHA standard amid delta

Health Care Dive

Industry groups opposed the rules laying out masking, social distancing, testing and exposure notification requirements for hospitals and nursing homes.

Impact of hospital closures on rural economies

Healthcare ECONOMIST

Specifically, they find: Of the 1759 nonmetro counties in our study sample, 109 experienced a hospital closure during the study period. Results also suggest that Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospital closures significantly decreased population size, on average, by 1.1% (95% CI: [?1.7%, As a source for high-skilled jobs in rural areas, hospital closures have a significant impact on the local economy. Hospitals Supply of Medical Services Rural Hospitals

Hospital price disclosure push coming up short, JAMA study finds

Health Care Dive

Researchers said lack of transparency on costs for services by independent providers that bill separately from hospitals is complicating CMS' effort to help patients shop around for the best value

Colorado governor signs hospital staffing bill

Healthcare Dive

The law includes penalties of up to $10,000 per day for hospitals failing to follow requirements and not taking corrective action, though Gov. Jared Polis asked the state health department to go easy on small, rural hospitals

Leapfrog Group's hospital safety grades this fall stay steady from pre-pandemic

Health Care Dive

The five states with the highest percentage of A-scoring hospitals were Virginia, North Carolina, Idaho, Massachusetts and Colorado

Health Care Paradox: Medicare Penalizes Dozens of Hospitals It Also Gives Five Stars

Kaiser Health News

The federal government has penalized 764 hospitals — including more than three dozen it simultaneously rates as among the best in the country — for having the highest numbers of patient infections and potentially avoidable complications. Exempted from the evaluation are around 2,000 hospitals.

The Case for Centering Hospital-at-Home Programs Around Home-Based Care Providers

Home Health Care

Though it’s by definition the delivery of high acuity care in the home setting, hospital-at-home programs tend to be operated by, and centered around, hospitals. The top-down approach refers to a model that is structured similarly to how hospitals are currently paid.

Innovation For Hospitals Implant Management

Vie Healthcare

Hospitals spend between 55% to 65% of their expense on implants and management. For instance, these expenses can be found in the catheterization lab, the Operating room , and the Women’s Center, among many other departments in a hospital. Creating a Better Process for Hospitals.

Hospital-at-Home Advocates Believe the Model Can Stave Off Staffing Burnout

Home Health Care

Advocates of the hospital-at-home model are continuing to make a strong push for the extension of the Acute Hospital Care at Home waiver. That’s why the “Hospital Inpatient Services Modernization Act” was introduced in March.

Contessa Partners With Memorial Hermann Health System To Deliver Home-Based, Hospital-Level Care

Home Health Care

Specifically, the partnership will allow Memorial Hermann to deliver acute hospital care, post-hospitalization skilled nursing care and palliative care services in the home setting. Home Health Care Hospital at home Contessa Memorial Hermann Health System

CMS issues first price transparency fines to 2 Georgia hospitals

Healthcare Dive

Regulators have been criticized for moving slowly to enforce the rules, which came into effect January last year amid fierce opposition from hospital groups

Hospital M&A in 2021 characterized by fewer but much larger deals

Health Care Dive

Hospitals are increasingly looking outside traditional care delivery methods threatened by COVID-19 to diversify business models by pursuing stakes in home health, virtual care and post-acute services

Hospital lobbying fails to stop looming Medicare cuts in year-end proposal

Health Care Dive

Hospital interests are sending letters to congressional leadership and even launching ad campaigns in a bid to stave off pending Medicare cuts

HCA to acquire 5 Utah hospitals from Steward Health Care

Health Care Dive

The move comes less than a week after the state's largest provider, Intermountain Healthcare, announced a merger with SCL Health to expand its footprint to Colorado, Montana and Kansas

CARES funding to hospitals hit hard by COVID-19 was unevenly distributed, study finds

Health Care Dive

Larger academic medical centers received a significantly larger proportion of federal coronavirus relief funds than smaller and more rural hospitals, a study of more than 950 facilities concluded

HHS OIG backs nixing capital cost exemption for new hospitals

Health Care Dive

Currently, new facilities help pay for their capital costs through a special exemption. An HHS watchdog says Medicare could see significant cost savings if regulators did away with the carveout

Preventable hospitalization costs among unvaccinated patients surged to $3.7B in August, KFF says

Health Care Dive

More than 280,000 hospitalizations from COVID-19 between June and August could have been prevented by vaccination, researchers found

Hospitals lose legal challenge over changes to DSH payments

Health Care Dive

A federal judge sided with HHS, pointing to a portion of the Medicare law that prohibits any administrative and judicial review of how the department arrived at its calculations

Labor, supply chain pressures mount for US hospitals, Fitch says

Health Care Dive

The ratings agency said staffing shortages, higher transportation costs and trouble sourcing some materials threaten healthcare revenue and operating margins in the near term

Hospitals boost hiring efforts, sweeten employee benefits, survey finds

Health Care Dive

The findings from employment services firm Aon contrast sharply with this time last year, when widespread shutdowns of nonemergency care led systems to institute furloughs and other cost-cutting measures

Unvaccinated COVID-19 hospitalizations costing US healthcare system billions, KFF says

Health Care Dive

Roughly 113,000 of the 185,000 inpatient stays with a COVID-19 diagnosis, or about 61%, could have been prevented by vaccination in June and July, researchers estimated

How to Create a Strong Hospital Brand that Attracts the Modern Consumer

Health Care Success

Healthcare consumerism has changed the way we do marketing for hospitals. They demand more, and this demand has caused hospitals to develop consumer-friendly services and processes. They also anticipate hospitals to improve services based on their feedback and expectations.