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Telehealth Use Surged in 2017

April 2, 2109: Telehealth use jumped 53% from 2016 to 2017, outpacing all other sites of care, according to a new report.  Telehealth utilization grew nearly twice as fast in urban than rural areas over that span, according to a new white paper from Fair Health, which parsed its database of 28 billion commercial insurance claims, the largest repository in the country. [ more ]


United Loses in Court on Behavioral Health Coverage Rules

March 8, 2019 - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that United Behavioral Health breached its fiduciary duty to patients by using unreasonable and overly restrictive guidelines to make coverage decisions for tens of thousands of mental health and substance abuse patients. [ more ]


For First Time, Burnout Rate Among Physicians Drops in New Survey, Now Below 45%

February 27, 2019: There's some good news when it comes to physician burnout.  After climbing for the last six years, a new survey reports the first drop—however modest—in the number of physicians who say they suffer from burnout. [ more ]


AHA Data Show Hospitals' Outpatient Revenue Nearing Inpatient

January 4, 2019 - The gap between U.S. hospitals' outpatient and inpatient revenue continued to shrink in 2017 as more patients elect to get care in cheaper outpatient settings, and some believe a flip is inevitable in the coming years. [ more ]


Healthcare spending slows for 2nd consecutive year, remains at 18% of GDP

December 11, 2018 - Healthcare spending in the United States decelerated once again in 2017 to a growth rate of 3.9%, nearly a full percentage point lower than in 2016, according to new statistics released by the federal government on Thursday. [ more ]


AMA announces $15M grant initiative to improve residency training

October 31, 2018 - The American Medical Association (AMA) announced a five-year, $15 million grant program that seeks to transform residency training to best address the workforce needs of current and future healthcare systems. [ more ]


Surprise Gift: Free Tuition for All N.Y.U. Medical Students

August 17, 2018 - The New York University School of Medicine announced on Thursday that it would cover the tuition of all its students, regardless of merit or need, citing concerns about the "overwhelming financial debt" facing graduates. [ more ]


Healthcare Revenue Higher for Practices Employing More NPs, PAs

July 24, 2018 - Primary care practices with a non-physician provider to physician ratio of 0.41 or greater earned over $100,000 more in healthcare revenue, MGMA found. Primary care practices that employ more physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other non-physician providers have greater healthcare revenue and productivity, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently reported. [ more ]


Additional Physician Resident Supervision Doesn't Improve Patient Safety

June 6, 2018 - Increasing direct supervision of physician residents doesn't lower medical errors and can make trainees less autonomous, according to a new study published Monday. [ more ]


The Costs Hospitals Can Control: 7 insights from clinical leaders on talent turnover, recruitment and retention

May 29, 2018 - High levels of employee turnover is costly in any industry, but as the demand for talented medical staff increases, issues with employee retention and recruitment can be particularly problematic for hospitals and health systems. [ more ]


Vassar Brothers Medical Center to Become a Teaching Hospital

May 15, 2018 - Health Quest's Vassar Brothers Medical Center will become a teaching hospital starting next year. Hospital President Ann McMackin said at the annual President's Breakfast on Tuesday that Vassar Brothers has been approved for general surgery residency for 2019. [ more ]


Specialty Practices Increasingly Rely on Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants

May 1, 2018 - It's not just primary care practices that are increasingly relying on advanced practice clinicians to help care for patients. A new study found that 28% of all specialty practices are employing nurse practitioners and physician assistants. [ more ]


50 Shades of Healthcare: Bit by bit, the Affordable Care Act is being remade

April 14, 2018 - As the Trump administration and some in Congress whittle away at the Affordable Care Act, blue states are filling in gaps in an attempt to bolster their markets. Others are picking up chainsaws. [ more ]


Worse Than Ever: Physician shortage Could Hit 120K by 2030

April 12, 2018 - Estimates of a projected physician shortage just got worse.  The country could see a shortage of up to 120,000 physicians by 2030, according to a new report from the Association of American Medical Colleges. [ more ]


Bill Would Give Virginia Nurse Practitioners More Autonomy

April 3, 2018 - Most Virginia nurse practitioners could gain the autonomy to practice without a physician's oversight if Gov. Ralph Northam signs a bill the General Assembly passed with near-unanimous support. [ more ]


For-profit Hospitals Will Save up to $800M This Year Thanks to Tax Overhaul

February 21, 2018 - The tax cut legislation signed into law late last year will help most for-profit hospitals in 2018, boosting their bottom lines at a time when several major chains are struggling with weak admissions and making acquisitions and capital investments more attractive. [ more ]


Court: Yes, There is Doctor-Patient Confidentiality

January 15, 2018 - Connecticut's highest court ruled Thursday on an issue that most people may think is already settled, saying doctors have a duty to keep patients' medical records confidential and can be sued if they don't. [ more ]


Healthcare Mega-Mergers Dominate 2017

December 27, 2017 - Horizontal, vertical, regional, national, large- and small-scale—2017 marked a year of mergers.  They ranged in all shapes and sizes, from the national hospital system expansions charted by Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health to the vertical combination of retail pharmacy giant CVS Health and insurer Aetna. [ more ]





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