Healthcare News & Insights

Value-based care is here to stay: Keys to surviving & thriving

Value-based care is the future of health care. Despite the recent fluctuations in the industry caused by government changes and debates over the Affordable Care Act, there’s no going back to a reimbursement system based solely on services provided to patients. 

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. 

What hospitals should look for when creating partnerships

Due to increased pressure brought by value-based payment initiatives and other changes, more hospitals are looking to form partnerships with different types of providers, as well as community organizations focused on population health. When forging these partnerships, it’s crucial to be sure both entities mutually benefit from the relationship. 

Truven Health Analytics announces 100 Top Hospitals

Hospitals that want to make real progress toward providing more value-based care can get inspiration from their peers who are achieving success. Truven Health Analytics/IBM Watson has just released its annual list of the 100 Top Hospitals in the country, and they share many qualities other facilities should strive to emulate. 

3 top priorities for hospital administrators right now

Hospital administrators have a lot on their plates. Between managing finances, big projects and the daily operations of a hospital, priorities are constantly shifting. However, some tasks must take precedence over others if healthcare executives want their facilities to survive and thrive in an era of value-based care. 

How patient-tracking technology is improving care at hospitals

Technology has brought about many improvements in health care that have a positive impact on the patient experience in hospitals. Some facilities are using tracking technology originally designed for supply chain management to make a big difference in lowering wait times and improving treatment across the continuum of care. 

ACA repeal: How hospital leaders must respond

The pending repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is at the forefront of many hospital executives’ minds, and for good reason. Losing the ACA would negatively impact hospitals in many ways, and facilities must start thinking about how they’ll stay afloat during the aftermath. 

Physician burnout: Latest impact on hospitals

Physician burnout is still a significant problem for hospitals, and it’s not getting much better. In fact, it may be getting worse. A new Medscape survey shows exactly which physicians in your facility are feeling the effects of burnout the hardest. 

Bundled payments lowered costs for one health system

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been reimbursing hundreds of hospitals for joint replacement under a bundled payment model since last year. More evidence is being released concerning just how beneficial bundled payments can be for reducing healthcare costs. 

Embracing digital tools is integral to value-based care

The world of medical IT has traditionally been the province of enterprise systems. Yet consumer technology – smartphones, tablets and wearables – is beginning to transform the relationship between patients and providers. The once-clear boundaries that separated enterprise systems and consumer devices are being radically renegotiated. In this guest post, Dr. Ali Hussam, CEO and co-founder of an […] [MORE]