According to a recent report by the Urban Institute, national health spending by the end of the decade is projected to be as much as $2.6 trillion lower than forecasts developed in 2010. Continue reading US Healthcare Spending Could Be $2.6T Below 2010 Estimates
Digital tools are all the rage in healthcare right now, with devices like FitBits and health tracking smart phone apps popping up everywhere. Many healthcare providers are still trying to figure out the best use for them, but one company has launched an ambitious digital campaign to help people stop smoking. Continue reading Even Smoking Cessation Programs Are Going Digital
Of the many things the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has attempted, one major focus is on the reduction of readmissions for patients. The financial penalties levied at hospitals that see a high number of readmissions is meant to provide more focus, though unfortunately, there’s not always an easy way for the hospital to do so. Continue reading Focusing on Reduction of Readmissions Important for Hospitals
A fact posted by HealthLeaders states that in the past two years, 81% of health executives claim their organizations were attacked and compromised by some kind of data mining attempt. As the Affordable Care Act pushes for electronic health records, more hospitals are going to have to invest in tech and online security services. Continue reading Healthcare Data Breach is a Serious Issue
If your patient has a bad experience, who do they tell? It used to be that they would simply tell their friends or loved ones. Now, though, the whole internet gets to hear the story. Doctor rating is becoming a hot new trend online at sites like Yelp, the infamous ratings site where users leave sometimes scathing reviews of restaurants, Vitals, and HealthGrades. Continue reading Are Your Doctors Being Reviewed on Yelp?
With Insured Numbers Up, Debt Still Plagues Hospitals
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had a big impact on lowering the number of uninsured patients entering hospitals. Unfortunately, a lot of those patients are on plans that have very high deductibles. Continue reading With Insured Numbers Up, Debt Still Plagues Hospitals
While the debate goes on over the Affordable Care Act, one thing has been proven: the recent expansion of Medicaid in many states has lead to a sharp drop in uninsured hospital stays, and a rise in stays covered by Medicaid. States that opted not to expand Medicaid have seen no significant change in inpatient payers. Continue reading Medicaid Expansion Lowers Uninsured Hospital Stays
Private insurance companies are finding themselves with lower profit margins due to the Affordable Care Act. According to MedCityNews, this is leading some of these insurers to avoid high-cost members. These insurers have told brokers that they will not receive commission on many new customers who wouldn’t previously qualify. Continue reading Are Private Insurers Avoiding High-Cost Members?
We’ve talked in the past about telehealth and medicine as the next wave in healthcare. It seems like politicians agree. A new bill that will expand Medicare reimbursement for telehealth-based calls and consultations, as well as remote patient monitoring, has bipartisan support in Congress. Continue reading Bipartisan Bill Could Offer Better Healthcare to Rural Areas
One industry expert believes that 2016 will see more hospital consolidations, both big and small. In an interview with HealthLeaders Media, Kit Kamholz, said that these consolidations are being driven by two primary factors: an adjustment to a value-based business model—something that’s become much more apparent as patients continue shopping their healthcare needs around—and dealing with cost management. Continue reading More Hospital Consolidation in 2016?