Health Care News

S.C. hospital to pay $1.3 million for not properly treating emergency psych patients

AnMed Health has agreed to pay the largest-ever settlement in a case brought under the federal law requiring hospitals to stabilize and treat patients in emergency situations.  READ MORE

Small insurers rack up large charges while Blues benefit under ACA’s risk-adjustment program

Small health insurers and the few remaining co-op plans were again sacked with large charges under the Affordable Care Act’s risk-adjustment program. Blues plans received the largest payouts. READ MORE
PROVIDERS

CHS completes sale of nine hospitals as it continues to trim debt

The troubled hospital chain Community Health Systems plans to divest 30 hospitals to pay off some of its $14.7 billion in debt.  READ MORE

Summa presses on amid turmoil

Community trepidation, tense provider relationships and tumbling revenue at Summa Health in Akron, Ohio, are making an already difficult job more challenging as interim CEO Dr. Cliff Deveny tries to right the ship after a tumultuous start to 2017.  READ MORE
GOVERNMENT

Kentucky seeks stricter work requirements for Medicaid enrollees

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has submitted an amended waiver request to the CMS that proposes a stricter work requirement for Medicaid beneficiaries, including locking them out of coverage if they don’t inform the state of employment changes.  READ MORE

As family members dominate caregiving, outside support is hard to find

Nearly 9 out of 10 caregivers for older Americans are unpaid, and those individuals work longer hours and receive less government support than their paid counterparts, according to a new study.  READ MORE
FINANCE

The rising price of dealmaking

As healthcare companies rush to bulk up via mergers and acquisitions, they’re almost always hit with shareholder lawsuits. Now that Walgreens has given up on its efforts to buy rival drugstore chain Rite Aid, it should ready itself for membership in the growing club of defendants.  READ MORE
TECHNOLOGY

Drug and device makers pay providers $8 billion in 2016

Payments from drug and device companies to physicians and teaching hospitals hit more than $8 billion in 2016.  READ MORE
SAFETY & QUALITY

NQF launches opioid stewardship initiative

Looking to play a larger role the fight against opioid abuse, the National Quality Forum on Wednesday launched a new stewardship program to lower rates of overprescribing among healthcare providers and curb patient addiction risks.  READ MORE
PEOPLE

Ascension names VanOsdol CEO of St. Vincent’s HealthCare

Tom VanOsdol was named president and CEO of Jacksonville, Fla. based-St. Vincent’s HealthCare, which is part of Ascension Healthcare, the largest not-for-profit health system in the country.  READ MORE
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Streamlined EHR Helps Urgent Care Center Improve Patient Experience

How eClinicalWorks’ comprehensive EHR system provided more efficient and streamlined workflows to this urgent care center, from enrollment to the point of care and beyond. READ MORE

Controlling Costs in a New Age of Workforce Management

Learn how traditional scheduling software is being replaced with mobile real-time solutions that prepare hospitals for a new age in workforce management.  READ MORE

Turnover to Triumph 

Like most providers, you recognize turnover as a growing problem. Read how B.E. Smith researched and developed strategies to combat turnover in today’s healthcare industry.  READ MORE

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