How a Hospital Chain Used a Poor Neighborhood to Turn Huge Profits

How a Hospital Chain Used a Poor Neighborhood to Turn Huge Profits

RICHMOND, Va. — In late July, Norman Otey was rushed by ambulance to Richmond Community Hospital. The 63-year-old was doubled over in pain and babbling incoherently. Blood tests suggested septic shock, a grave emergency that required the resources and expertise of an intensive care unit. But Richmond Community, a struggling hospital in a predominantly Black … Read more

They Were Entitled to Free Care. Hospitals Hounded Them to Pay.

They Were Entitled to Free Care. Hospitals Hounded Them to Pay.

In 2018, senior executives at one of the country’s largest nonprofit hospital chains, Providence, were frustrated. They were spending hundreds of millions of dollars providing free health care to patients. It was eating into their bottom line. The executives, led by Providence’s chief financial officer at the time, devised a solution: a program called Rev-Up. … Read more

Arbitration Has Come to Senior Living. You Don’t Have to Sign Up.

Arbitration Has Come to Senior Living. You Don’t Have to Sign Up.

What the Jinks family wanted was to sue the memory care facility where their father, Charles, was attacked by another resident. It happened in October 2020, after Hurricane Laura forced his hasty evacuation from a similar facility in Louisiana. His three children moved him, at 80 years old and diagnosed with dementia, into Brookdale Dowlen … Read more

More Than 700 Children Have Died in a Measles Outbreak in Zimbabwe

More Than 700 Children Have Died in a Measles Outbreak in Zimbabwe

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe – A measles outbreak in Zimbabwe has killed more than 700 children and infected thousands of others, highlighting the risks of faltering childhood vaccination campaigns around the world. As of 6 September, the country’s Ministry of Health and Child Care was reporting more than 6,500 cases and 704 deaths. Since then it has … Read more

HIMSSCast: ACA Community Health Needs Assessments – data challenges and solutions

HIMSSCast: ACA Community Health Needs Assessments – data challenges and solutions

In this HIMSSCast podcast, the discussion centers on the data challenges that have accompanied the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Needs Assessments and hospitals’ improvement strategies. The guest is Michael A. Stoto, PhD, professor emeritus in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the School of Health at Georgetown University. Like what you hear? Subscribe … Read more

Study: Patients immersed in virtual reality during surgery require less anesthesia

Study: Patients immersed in virtual reality during surgery require less anesthesia

A recent study published in PLOS One and conducted by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers in Boston reveals virtual reality use during hand surgery led to significant reductions in intraoperative anesthetic without negatively impacting patient-reported outcomes.  In a small, eight-month randomized controlled trial, researchers evaluated 34 patients undergoing hand surgery and the amount of … Read more

Digital front doors’ advantages when meeting population health needs

Digital front doors' advantages when meeting population health needs

Population health management has become an important competency for hospitals and health systems. But the road to implementing effective pop health strategies is laden with challenges: monitoring chronic illness rates and preventing community transmission, triaging emergencies over routine health care circumstances, and executing preventive services all require providers to alter their traditional fee-for-service workflow. Advanced … Read more

ATA: What’s ahead for telehealth policy after the pandemic

ATA: What's ahead for telehealth policy after the pandemic

The American Telehealth Association is working with Congress and several federal agencies to shape the fate of policies and payments for telehealth services that experienced a rapid uptake during the COVID-19 pandemic. WHY IT MATTERS Now that President Joe Biden has declared the COVID-19 pandemic over, the ATA’s Telehealth Awareness Week policy update webinar explored … Read more

India begins initiative to build medical datasets representing the Indian population

India begins initiative to build medical datasets representing the Indian population

The Indian Council of Medical Research, India’s apex body for biomedical research, is working on a national initiative to produce high quality medical datasets representing the diversity of the Indian population. It has signed an MoU with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to collaborate in this effort with ARTPARK (AI & Robotics Technology Park), … Read more