Healthcare News & Insights

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. 

How hospitals must approach DNR orders

Sometimes, giving the best care to hospitalized patients means knowing when to stop interventions to respect their wishes while giving them the support they need as their lives draw to an end. A new study sheds light upon how different facilities handle patients who have do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders. 

Top types of cyberattacks on hospital, healthcare networks

Hospitals must continue to be vigilant when preventing ransomware and other malicious cyberattacks on their networks. If an unauthorized third-party gains access to hospital systems, it could cause many problems, including data breaches and system shutdowns. 

5 ways to stop cyberattacks on your hospital

If your hospital experienced a cyberattack, it would severely disrupt operations. To avoid any problems, facilities need to make sure their IT departments are being proactive with network security by detecting and eliminating threats quickly. 

More hospitals to receive Medicare pay cuts

The feds have started to ramp up the penalties for poor patient outcomes. This year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) included some new conditions in its Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction program – and more hospitals will feel the pain in their wallets than ever before. 

Fires in hospitals: Keys to avoid injuries & property loss

Hospitals have a lot on their plates, between providing top-quality care and keeping up with the always changing healthcare climate. But, just like other large facilities, they also need to stay on top of various aspects of basic facility management, such as fire prevention guidelines.