Healthcare News & Insights

Overtreatment could be harming your patients: Here’s how to avoid it

Unnecessary tests and treatments that offer little benefit are common in health care, and they’re often harming patients. Not only does overtreatment cost hospitals money and time, it can also cause patients needless pain and suffering. 

BYOD in hospitals: What you need to know

Personal mobile devices in hospitals present a problem for many executives. Although there are many potential security risks, staff increasingly want to use their own smartphones, tablets and laptops for work purposes. 

6 strategies for increasing diversity in your hospital

A huge concern for most hospitals is decreasing disparities in health care between different groups due to an increasing focus on population health. Adding diversity to your facility at all levels can help bridge that gap. 

Keys to creating a consolidated lab facility for your hospital

As a way to make lab testing more efficient, some hospitals are centralizing their lab operations into one core facility, instead of sending samples to multiple places. And this practice is saving both time and money. 

ACA ‘skinny repeal’ fails: What’s on the horizon for hospitals?

As it currently stands, the push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) seems to be at a standstill after the Republicans’ “skinny repeal” plan failed to pass in the Senate. That may lead hospitals to think the fight’s over, but it’s not finished just yet. 

ACA repeal fails: What’s next for health care & hospitals?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) saga continues. Two recent efforts to repeal the bill have failed to get enough support to go forward, but its future still remains uncertain, leaving hospitals in limbo. 

Senate introduces latest ACA repeal bill: What it means for hospitals

After weeks of secrecy, the Senate’s finally released its version of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) replacement bill. While it’s similar to the House’s original proposal, there are a few key changes in the legislation. Here’s what’s most important for hospitals going forward. 

More hospitals offering patients legal services

In an age of value-based payments, hospitals are doing more for patients than just treating their acute problems. They’re getting to the root of some of the socioeconomic issues that can make patients’ recovery difficult. Facilities are even offering patients access to legal representation in certain cases. 

Surprising source of bacteria & infections in hospitals

A great deal of effort’s been put into making sure hospitals avoid spreading germs that cause deadly infections in patients. But some of the bacteria may not actually originate behind hospital walls, which could change how facilities approach infection prevention down the line. 

CMS may make more hospital inspection data public

This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its latest proposed rule for hospital inpatient payments. Many changes were tucked into the payment rule, including one that may affect how the public views your facility and its quality of care.