Black patients were more likely to die of COVID-19 largely due to inferior hospitals

Dive Brief: Researchers found that Black patients admitted with COVID-19 were 11% more likely to die than their White counterparts after adjusting for patient and clinical characteristics, according to a recent study in JAMA Network Open. Black patients were more likely to die largely because of where they received care — at hospitals that performed […]

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Chair File: AHA Leadership Summit 2021 — Reimagining Health Care

What qualities make an outstanding leader, whether in health care or another field? Your list may include being collaborative, courageous, empathetic, innovative, inspiring and intelligent. Based on my experiences and observations during the COVID-19 pandemic, I’d add a couple more: being humble and resilient.  In pre-pandemic times, Forbes published an article, “What Makes a Good Leader,” […]

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In latest merger bid, Beaumont seeks union with Spectrum Health to create $13B system

Dive Brief: Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health are looking to merge in a deal that would result in Michigan’s biggest health system with 22 hospitals and 64,000 employees across the state, with combined annual revenue of almost $13 billion. Executives of the two systems announced Thursday they have signed a letter of intent to explore creating […]

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Supreme Court upholds ACA in 7-2 decision, leaving intact landmark US health law during pandemic

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act by a 7-2 vote. The ruling means millions will keep their insurance coverage as the coronavirus pandemic continues in the U.S. In the decision, the court reversed a lower court ruling finding the individual mandate unconstitutional. However, the court did not get to the key […]

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Tenet to sell 5 Florida hospitals for $1.1B as it doubles down on surgery centers

Dive Brief: Tenet, a major U.S. health system, has agreed to sell five hospitals in the Miami-Dade area for $1.1 billion to Steward Health Care System, a physician-owned hospital operator and health network. The deal also includes the hospitals’ associated physician practices. Dallas-based Steward has agreed to continue using Tenet’s revenue cycle management firm, Conifer […]

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State employee health plans know hospitals drive most costs, but struggle to make a dent

Dive Brief: A survey of state employee health plans found that administrators recognize hospital prices as the main driver of healthcare cost increases but have few policies to address that issue directly. Most states instead focus on attempting to control prescription drug costs and lower utilization, according to the Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance […]

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Centene shells out $143M to settle PBM disputes in Ohio, Mississippi

Dive Brief: Centene, the largest seller of Medicaid health plans, has agreed to pay $143 million to Ohio and Mississippi to resolve allegations related to the provision of pharmacy services in the safety-net insurance program. Under the terms of the agreement with the states’ attorneys general, Centene, which assumes no fault for the alleged improper […]

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5 Ways Administrative and Clinical Leaders Can Convene for Value

The COVID-19 pandemic has forever altered the way hospitals and health systems care for patients. Much has been written and said about the pandemic’s devastating effects; there are, however, some silver linings. For one, innovation, virtual care’s use and the adoption of value-based strategies, such as hospital-at-home and team-based care, accelerated at warp speed over […]

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Humana acquires Onehome to pursue value-based home health strategy

Dive Brief: Humana is acquiring home-based services provider One Homecare Solutions from a private equity firm to beef up its at-home care offerings, as a growing number of payers foray into direct medical delivery. The acquisition of Miramar, Florida-based One Homecare, which does business as Onehome, follows Humana’s decision to snap up home health giant […]

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NNU tees up fight amid HCA, Sutter, CommonSpirit contract talks: ‘Put patients before profits’

The biggest nurses union in the country is teeing up a fight with hospitals run by HCA Healthcare, Sutter Health and CommonSpirit Health as it heads into negotiations for some 65,000 nurses this year. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed problems faced by nurses ranging from inadequate personal protective equipment to unsafe staffing levels, members of National Nurses […]

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OSHA issues long-delayed COVID-19 safety rules for healthcare workplaces

Dive Brief: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an emergency temporary standard Thursday that healthcare employers specifically must abide by to better protect workers from the spread of COVID-19. The ETS requires hospitals, nursing homes and other sites of care to provide employees with paid time off to get vaccinated and to recover from […]

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Health data giants Ciox, Datavant merge in $7B deal

Dive Brief: Ciox Health and Datavant are merging in a deal valuing the combined health data companies at $7 billion, the latest in a string of mergers meant to unite siloed data in healthcare. The combined company, called Datavant, will facilitate data exchange across a network of thousands of hospitals and clinics, and bring in […]

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FDA’s Approval of Biogen’s New Alzheimer’s Drug Has Huge Cost Implications for Medicare and Beneficiaries

The question of what would happen when a new, expensive prescription drug comes to market for a disease like Alzheimer’s that afflicts millions of people has loomed large in discussions over drug prices in the U.S.—and now we’re about to find out. After a nearly 20-year dry spell in new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, the […]

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One Medical and Iora serve radically different populations. Here’s why the $2.1B tie-up might make sense.

Digital health market watchers were surprised when concierge medical network One Medical announced plans to acquire value-based chain Iora Health for $2.1 billion on Monday, with some airing concerns the deal represents a marriage of two diametrically opposed operational models. One Medical is a fee-for-service machine, with the majority of its business coming from charging […]

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‘Covid hangover’ to spur health costs to rise 6.5% in 2022, PwC poll predicts

Brief Published June 9, 2021 Fotolia Dive Brief: Employer medical costs are projected to rise 6.5% in 2022, according to PwC’s annual report published Wednesday. That’s slightly lower than the medical cost trend in 2021 and slightly higher than in 2016 through 2020. A “COVID-19 hangover” leading to increased use of medical services and potentially […]

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Industry awaits Supreme Court decision on ACA case

Once again, the healthcare industry will be closely watching the Supreme Court on Thursday to see whether the high court delivers an opinion in the controversial case that could overturn the Affordable Care Act, throwing coverage for millions into question. There’s no guarantee the decision will come down Thursday as the court does not broadcast […]

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Tablets available to hospitals in need

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Recent and Anticipated Actions to Reverse Trump Administration Section 1557 Non-Discrimination Rules

The Biden Administration has started taking steps to reverse Trump Administration policy and regulations that significantly narrowed the implementation and administrative enforcement of Section 1557, the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination provision, particularly as the regulations apply to gender identity and sexual orientation. In addition, several lawsuits challenging the regulations, which were initially issued by the […]

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Applications for AHE environmental services department award to close on June 11

Friday, June 11, marks the last day to apply for the Environmental Services Department of the Year. The national honor from AHA’s Association for the Health Care Environment recognizes a department’s achievement in patient satisfaction and following health organization best practices. Candidates can be self-nominated or nominated by an AHE member or non-member. The application […]

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